The Kentucky Wildcats seem to be hitting their stride, picking up three consecutive wins including easily taking care of business against Tennessee yesterday by a score of 70-55.
Normally, Kentucky would follow up a Saturday game with a Tuesday (or sometimes Wednesday) game. That was supposed to be Texas A&M on Tuesday, but due to COVID-19 protocols, that matchup has been cancelled.
So now, Kentucky’s schedule gets thrown another wrench and the Wildcats will seemingly have a week off before hosting the Florida Gators next Saturday.
John Calipari has been talking about possibly scheduling some non-conference games if needed to make up for lost games, but for now, nothing has been set.
However, KSR is reporting that Kentucky may schedule a non-conference foe this week with Brad Calipari’s Detroit-Mercy squad in consideration.
In addition, the SEC is leaving open the weekend of March 6-7 to make up games that have been postponed, but Kentucky now has two between Texas A&M and what was supposed to be the conference opener with South Carolina.
The Cats need as many possible chances to pick up some SEC wins to climb up the conference standings. As it stands, the Cats are within striking distance of fourth place in the SEC. That fourth-place slot is significant as the fourth place team lands a bye into the Friday quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
For a Kentucky team depending on the SEC Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament, having one less game is absolutely huge.
Conferences trying to navigate COVID-19 postponements is going to be something to watch, and we’ll see how it affects Kentucky moving forward as the regular season winds down.
Tweet of the Day
Today matches Kentucky's largest margin of victory against an AP Poll ranked opponent on the road in the John Calipari era (15 points) (beat #22 Louisville 78-63 on December 31st, 2010; beat #16 Florida 74-59 on March 4th, 2012)— Corey Price (@coreyp08) February 20, 2021
Good to see Louisville, Florida, and Tennessee all on this list.
It was huge for the Cats to build a lead and maintain it.
As long as the climb means winning the SEC Tournament.
There was a lot to like about Saturday.
Not a good day for the short-handed Cards.
Sad news for all of us who liked the Wall-Cousins reunion in Houston.
Looks like DeSean Jackson will be looking for a new home.
There are a few in this very weird year.