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Kentucky Wildcats Quietly Moving Back Into SEC Contention

Spruce Derden-USA Today Sports

Back on Tuesday, the Kentucky Wildcats picked up their first win over a ranked opponent this season. A win on the road at Ole Miss was exactly what the ‘Cats needed and they followed suit by securing another win away from home on Saturday, knocking off Texas A&M in overtime.

The back-to-back road wins have moved Kentucky up to 15-6 overall and 6-2 within the SEC, opening the door a little more as the month of February kicks off the closing stretch in conference play.

The play and production of freshman forward Nerlens Noel has been crucial, but so too has the scoring and added minutes of sophomore Kyle Wiltjer. Of course the past week won’t tell the tale of the whole season or just what potential the Wildcats are knocking on, but either way things are currently headed in one of the more positive directions that they have had all season.

Kentucky now boasts a three-game winning streak and in addition have won five of their past six games overall. A week-long return to Lexington is even more crucial for the Wildcats as the opportunity to continue their winning ways will be at the forefront.

Now, it’s becoming more and more obvious who the top team in the conference is. That’d be the Florida Gators. Kentucky still has both its meetings with the Gators on the schedule, but Florida is currently on a completely different level than the rest of the conference at this point.

So, although Kentucky has re-asserted themselves into the conference mix, their focus must remain on a game-by-game basis. Taking care of business at home this week is exactly what they need to keep their recent progression up.

 

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