After yet another exciting week in the Southeastern Conference some teams might have found their mojo while others simply have not. Heading into this past week in the SEC several questions had been raised regarding some of the teams, yet in typical SEC basketball fever mayhem happened throughout the week and into the weekend to cause yet another rift in the SEC basketball rankings. As we head into the third full week of Conference play here is how each team stacks up. Continue reading SEC power rankings by Mitch Davis 1-20-18→
David Leveridge- UK Basketball Beat Reporter – January 20, 2018- Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY – ESPN’s College Game Day crew was in town covering College Game Day. Today’s game features the University of Kentucky Wildcats hosting the Florida Gators in a prime time game at 8:15 pm. The game is considered the premier Basketball game of the day, and will draw a lot of national media attention. Game day is hosted by ESPN analysts Seth Greenberg, Jay Williams, Jay Bilas and Host Reece Davis. Game day originated in 2005 and Rupp Arena has been featured as the host location seven different times during the course of the event.
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Nashville: The young Wildcats hold off a feisty veteran Commodore squad on the road. The Cats, who have lacked an identity all year, might have just found their groove with a massive road win in a very hostile environment at Vanderbilt. Still many questions remain for the young Wildcats, especially considering Jarred Vanderbilt’s return. Cal, when asked about the timetable for his first appearance this year, answered abruptly, “I didn’t know if Jarred was going to play before the game, I’m just acting like he’s not here and if he is, he is. And if they are, they are.” Continue reading Young Wildcats Survive on the Road Against a Feisty Commodore Squad ( 74-67) – by Mitch Davis→
The Texas A&M Aggies came to Rupp Arena looking to break a three-game losing streak to the Kentucky Wildcats. The Cats/Aggies matchup has become one of the most competitive matchups in the league. Four of the last seven games between the two teams have went into overtime. Texas A&M have struggled as of late opening the SEC season 0-3 but they haven’t had their full team on the court for some time. When asked which A&M to prepare for, Kentucky Assistant Joel Justus stated “ I think you have to prepare for all of them.” Tonight the Wildcats often looked unprepared but were still able to pull out the win. Continue reading College Basketball – Cats Squeeze by the Aggies in a Referee Controlled Game→
Knoxville, TN – Coach Calipari and the UK Wildcats took the short trip down I-75 to Knoxville to play a desperate Tennessee team who opened up the SEC 0-2. Kentucky came into the night, carrying a 2 game losing streak at Rocky Top, and only winning one of their last 4. A crowd of 21,678 filed into Thompson-Bolin Arena to watch these two top 20 ranked SEC teams clash.
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UK traveled to Louisiana to battle the Tigers in a tough SEC matchup. LSU had won 3 in a row and 6 of 7 for a 9-3 record. Kentucky which handily defeated Louisville and then Georgia in the SEC opener to go 11-2, still managed to drop in the AP weekly poll. that in and of itself boggles the mind. Continue reading Battle of the Bayou goes to Wildcats→