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.
UK earns its biggest win of the season, closing the game with an 11-0 run to dispatch Florida Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena
UK came up short in a game they desperately needed to avoid damaging their waning tournament hopes, falling 72-62 to the Goergia Bulldogs Thursday night in Athens.
UK showed no signs of a letdown coming off their huge win Saturday, jumping on Miss. St. early and cruising to an easy victory Wednesday night.
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.