After missing the NCAA tournament for the first time under John Calipari, the Kentucky Wildcats quickly demonstrated they had little interest in the NIT, falling to Robert Morris 59-57 in Moon Township PA Tuesday night.
In the end, UK’s bad losses outweighed its good wins, especially in the wake of losing star player Nerlens Noel to injury, as they became the first defending champion to be left out of the NCAA tournament since 2010.
After a thrilling victory over then #11 Florida last week, many thought UK was safely in the NCAA tournament. After falling to Vanderbilt they’re right back on the bubble.
Behind strong efforts by Alex Poythress, Julius Mays, and the Rupp Arena crowd, UK got its biggest win of the season by beating Missour 90-83 Saturday night.
After a week that saw UK lose two games by a combined 47 points; and perhaps the best player in college basketball this year to a torn ACL, the Cats rebounded by holding on to defeat the Commodores 74-70 Wednesday night at Rupp Arena.
Florida gave itself some breathing room in the SEC East race by cruising past UK for the team’s first win in their last six tries against the Wildcats.
In what is clearly the Cats’ biggest game of the year to this point, UK travels to #7 Florida with a chance to grab 1st place in the SEC East.
It wasn’t the blowout that happened at Auburn three weeks ago, but UK won comfortably 72-62 Saturday afternoon at Rupp.
UK took care of business Tuesday night in Rupp Arena, leading by 21 at halftime and never by less than 15 the rest of the way.
Coming off arguably the biggest win of the season, UK narrowly avoided being swept by Texas A&M winning in overtime 72-68 Saturday afternoon in College Station TX.
UK finally got the win over a ranked opponent it so desperately needed beating #16 Ole Miss Tuesday night in Oxford MS.
Alex Poythress comes alive as the Cats narrowly avoid what would have been a devastating blow to their NCAA tournament resume.
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