Bubble Watch: Kentucky Down But Not Out
The Kentucky Wildcats have had a rough season, to say the least. This team went far under its potential during this season. The defending champions have put together a poor 20-9 record, including losses to Arkansas and Tennessee. They lost their best player in Nerlens Noel against Florida on Feb. 12. This team was recently in Joe Lunardi’s first four teams out of the tournament. Can the Wildcats find a way to get into the tournament?
It seems like this is the team that is trending down the most in the past few weeks. They have national attention because they won it all last season in a dominant fashion. This has not translated to this year’s freshman class.
Their best freshman, Noel, went down and they took a major hit. Since the injury, the team is 3-3, looking from the outside of the top 25–and they’re not likely to make it into the tournament.
Even during this disappointing season, Kentucky has a field goal percentage of .485, which sits at 10th in the country. If there is anything they can hang on to, it has to be their field goal percentage. Even with their poor record, if you can shoot well, you can win games. This has to give you hope heading into the SEC tournament.
While it is unlikely, the Wildcats have a shot at making it into the big dance. They are going to have to take care of Georgia and then upset #11 Florida. On top of that, they are going to have to finish in the top 2 in the SEC tournament. With the team they have now, this seems like a long shot, but you never know. This year has been crazy to say the least, so something like this could propel a young team into March Madness with huge momentum.