The No.3 Kentucky Wildcats were upset by the No. 20 Baylor Bears 67-62 that saw the Wildcats fall apart in the second half after leading 38-35 at the end of the first half. Kentucky will be disappointed to lose a second game so early in the season, but in the long run of the college basketball season, this early loss to Baylor is no big deal.
Kentucky will have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves as the season continues. The Wildcats face three extremely good 2014 NCAA Tournament-bound teams back-to-back before conference play begins – the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals, who are expected to be at least an Elite Eight team, the North Carolina Tar Heels, who defeated both Michigan State Spartans and Lousiville, and the Belmont Bruins, who defeated North Carolina.
If they can win two of these games, they will be in a good position to go into conference play with a lot of confidence.
The SEC isn’t going to be a stroll in the park. The Missouri Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels are a lot better than we first realized, the Florida Gators are still capable of improvement and the Tennessee Volunteers randomly show flashes of National Championship quality play. There will be plenty of opportunities to shine in conference play.
It’s a disappointment that the Wildcats don’t look like the dominant team that everyone expected them to be at the beginning of the season, but expectations are not always reality. Kentucky isn’t who we thought they are, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t more than capable of winning the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
A few losses and the criticism that they bring will only encourage John Calipari and his young Wildcats to fight even harder to bring a National Championship back to Lexington.