After coming up short-handed in the past two seasons, Kentucky spends their Leap Day bringing the SEC regular season championship back to Lexington for the 49th time in school history. The Wildcats defeated the Auburn Tigers in a 73-66 win. Kentucky was led by Immanuel Quickley with 18 points and 12 rebounds, as four UK players scored in double figures. The competition was a physical, “grind it out” game with a combined 23% three-point percentage between the two teams. A big run in the first half and free throws may have been the deciding factor in the matchup between the Tigers & Wildcats. The Cats shot an impressive 82% free throw percentage from the stripe to will Kentucky to another SEC regular season title under John Calipari.
With the regular season wrapping up and the postseason approaching, Kentucky will enter March with eight straight wins – and 12 of their last 13 games. In my opinion, if UK can continue this win streak, they could make a great case for a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The early losses continue to haunt their resume – but with some of the teams ahead of Kentucky losing, the gap is narrowing for UK to obtain a higher seed. Here is the latest bracketology on ESPN from Joe Lunardi:
As unpredictable as this college basketball season has been, it would be nearly impossible to predict the destination for the Wildcats as of now. Until Selection Sunday, I’m not sure which region Kentucky will be placed or if they will be a two or three seed. Nothing would shock me at this point. I believe the fanbase should be rooting for a two seed to secure the easiest road possible, or a spot in the Midwest region. Playing in Indianapolis would be an advantage for UK with the Big Blue Nation behind them. We are only a couple weeks away from Selection Sunday, so it will be something to keep an eye on going forward. Where do you think the Cats will end up?