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Sunday Quickies: It’s Time to Move on from Evansville Edition

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Kentucky’s mid-November loss is not a reflection of where this team is as March begins

NCAA Basketball: Florida at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

I think all of us here agree that Kentucky’s mid-November loss to Evansville was a terrible and inexcusable loss. Nobody disputes that. It was a bad loss at the time and with Evansville finishing winless in the Missouri Valley Conference, it continues to look even worse.

But on the other hand...

I think all of us can also agree that this team has grown, improved, and evolved tremendously over the last 3.5 months. Anyone with eyes, a brain, and a droplet of basketball knowledge can see that.

Kentucky is arguably playing as well as anyone in the country, but aren’t quite getting the same respect as those teams and it really all comes back to one game: Evansville.

I’m not saying that game shouldn’t detract from Kentucky’s overall resume. It’s a major blemish for sure, but is it that much worse than teams that have lost multiple games over the last few weeks?

I’m sorry, but in one game, anything can happen, and I would place more importance on multiple losses in the month of February than a fluke loss in November.

Kentucky isn’t the favorite to win the national title, but among the group of projected 2 seeds going into the NCAA Tournament, the likes of Dayton, Maryland, Seton Hall, Florida State, etc., I think Kentucky should be right there in the mix of that group.

The Evansville loss is a bad loss, but it shouldn’t overshadow everything else this Kentucky squad has accomplished this year and it isn’t a reflection of where this team is as the calendar flips to March.

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He’s right, ya know?

I’m not a bracketologist, but I don’t see how Kentucky isn’t on that 2 line.

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