Kentucky Wildcats Nationally Ranked Once Again, Date With Florida Looming

Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

Entering the week of Feb. 11, the Kentucky Wildcats have found themselves back to their old winning ways.

At 17-6 overall and 8-2 within the SEC, the Wildcats are currently riding a five-game winning streak and in addition, have won seven of their past eight games overall. The hot stretch for head coach John Calipari and the ‘Cats have put Kentucky back into the national discussion, but with that being said, an intriguing contest at Florida is what is staring them down in the face.

After falling on the road at Arkansas last week, the Gators lead atop the SEC is down to just one game and ironically enough it’s these pesky Wildcats that can even the score on Tuesday night. It won’t be easy however, going on the road in Gainesville and knocking off a team that remains nationally ranked within the AP Top 10.

This is a rivalry game and a contest that holds just as much importance for the Gators as it does for the Wildcats. The timing of Kentucky’s reemergence into the Top 25 is a testament to their coming of age within conference play. The youthful ‘Cats will have their work cut out for them down the stretch, but there’s certainly no argument to the talent level that they still boast.

While the national ranking is nice for the Wildcats, the key element in their schedule is this week. The trip to Florida is backed up by a trip to Tennessee, but that’s then followed by three consecutive home games.

We have seen Kentucky buckle down and make a run as of recent, but can they keep it going through the remaining weeks in February? Well, we are about to find out.

 

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