After finishing with a 26-5 regular-season record and 15-3 mark in SEC play, the Cats will look to lock up a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a run in the Music City this week. If Kentucky wins the league tourney, they lock up a 1 seed in the Big Dance and give themselves a more favorable path to Minneapolis.
But if Kentucky fails to come out of Nashville as SEC champs, they could drop to a 2 seed with Duke, Tennessee and North Carolina breathing down their neck.
Kentucky is 133-25 all-time in the SEC Tournament with 31 championships. The Wildcats have won four straight SEC Tournament titles. The Cats have also reached the SEC Tournament finals in eight of Calipari’s nine seasons.
The Wildcats, who earned the coveted double bye (automatically advancing to the quarterfinals), will play on Friday at approximately 7 pm ET vs. the winner of the No. 7 seed Ole Miss Rebels vs. No. 10 seed Alabama Crimson Tide matchup.
The big question for this week is senior forward Reid Travis, who remains day-to-day with a right knee sprain. He’s missed the last five games since suffering the injury Feb. 19.
For Kentucky to win this year’s league tourney, they need Travis back if/when they face teams like Tennessee and LSU.
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