6. Kentucky (14-3)
Could something special be brewing in Lexington? There have been a few rough outings, notably against UNC Wilmington nearly two months ago, but there’s been a lot of good in recent weeks. Last week’s overtime loss at Texas A&M was a step backwards but remains their only fault in SEC play, with this week going even better.
The Wildcats got a 90-77 home win over Mississippi State back on Wednesday, surviving a nice effort from Tolu Smith. Antonio Reeves scored 27 points in another fantastic outing, getting the Wildcats back on track. Kentucky got into quite the high-powered contest on Saturday, scoring a 105-96 home win against a feisty Georgia team. There were five Wildcats who scored at least 12 points with the effort spearheaded by Tre Mitchell’s 23 points.
Things felt better this past week for the Wildcats, who had two fantastic offensive performances and got some nice outings from their veteran players. Sitting at 4-1 against the SEC is an acceptable start, though these Wildcats certainly have big things in mind for later this season. They’ve won some important games, even away from Lexington, but will need to keep that up with road tests against South Carolina and Arkansas next week. Two more road wins would look phenomenal against two teams not exactly expected to compete for the league title.