The Kentucky Wildcats seem to be in a bit of a tail spin as of late. After losing their second game of the season to a sub-par Utah Utes team, they were unable to bounce back and put enough points on the board to beat Ohio State on Saturday.
And, despite consistent December struggles of John Calipari teams over the year, Big Blue Nation, as well as basketball analysts, have hit the panic button.
I am certainly not saying the concerns are not real. Some of the issues of this team (shooting, consistency, etc.) do not have a clear solution. And when you look at this team on paper, they certainly do not have the resume of a top 25 team.
However, what do the voters think? Do they believe Kentucky’s talent is enough to keep them in their polls? Or will the Wildcats have to prove themselves before getting any more votes?
Turns out, voters still have respect for Kentucky, perhaps a little more than expected. After entering last week ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 Poll, the Wildcats have dropped to No. 19 in the latest poll. Seems a bit friendly all things considered, but then again, this season has been so wild that even a team with Kentucky’s struggles could get going and suddenly be one of the 10-15 best teams in America before you know it.
We’ll see if that happens.
Also, Louisville is up to No. 3 in this poll, so Kentucky gets another chance to take down a top-five team this Saturday.
Kentucky sits at No. 74 in the NET.
CBS Sports dropped Kentucky out of their Top 25 and 1.
The Andy Katz Power 36 also has Kentucky out of the ranking altogether.
The latest ESPN Bracketology has Kentucky as a 6 seed in the East Region with Duke being the top seed.
Thankfully, there’s still plenty of season left for the Cats to prove they’re capable of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. But unless things change soon, they’ll struggle just to make it to the Big Dance.
Why you should never give up on teams coached by John Calipari. pic.twitter.com/DjwhHJrlCt— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) December 23, 2019