The NCAA Tournament is just a week away but for the defending champions, this week is going to be very stressful.
The Kentucky Wildcats will enter the SEC Tournament with a 21-10 record on the season and while they finished tied for second in the conference this season, I still think they are on the bubble. The Wildcats are going to need to win at least twice in the conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament.
There are simply too many bad losses late in the season for my liking. The team is already without Nerlens Noel for the rest of the season, and even thought they are the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, this is still not a good team. Kentucky has five players averaging in double figures this year, but all of them are closer to ten points a game than above that mark.
That is not a winning group to me, and there is still work to be done before the Wildcats are safely into the NCAA Tournament.
If Kentucky loses their SEC quarterfinal game on Friday night, that will do it right there and the Wildcats will be out. I really believe Kentucky needs to get to the championship game to get into the field of 68. The Wildcats will likely find themselves with a No. 5 seed if they can make it to the title game of the SEC.
Kentucky might sneak in with just one win, but probably would end up then with a No. 7 or 8 seed. It would be best for the Wildcats to just go out and win at least twice in the SEC tournament thought, just so Sunday isn’t as stressful.