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Kentucky’s Best Case Scenario To End The Regular Season

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

Following a 1-3 start in SEC play, Kentucky fans were calling for John Calipari's head. Since then, the Cats have responded by going 9-2 in their next 11 conference games. These wins include two wins over Tennessee, a nine-point victory over Texas A&M and a gutsy road win at Mississippi State. With a NCAA Tournament berth becoming more likely by the day, there is still more the Wildcats can do to improve their chances.

Let's start with the obvious: Winning out will always be option number one. Auburn and Vanderbilt venture in to Rupp Arena over the next week, before the Wildcats wrap up their season in Fayetteville, for a revenge game against Arkansas. Winning these three games is absolutely doable. On the other hand, losing all three isn't 100% out of the question either. For the purposes of this article, the best case scenario is to close out the year 3-0.

Now, turn your attention to Texas A&M. The Aggies are one of, if not the hottest teams in the country at the moment. Buzz Williams has his team playing extremely hard and are led by one of the best guards in the SEC, Wade Taylor Jr. They are 13-2 in conference play with their losses coming at the hands of Kentucky and Arkansas. This means in a tie-breaker scenario, Kentucky would hold the advantage. With Kentucky at 10 conference wins and A&M at 13, the Wildcats need the Aggies to lose out to take the two-seed in the SEC Tournament.

Texas A&M closes their season with road games at Mississippi State and South Carolina and a top-25 season finale at home against Alabama. Mississippi State and Alabama will be tough tests, but will South Carolina have enough to pull off the upset? The Gamecocks defeated Kentucky in Rupp Arena and narrowly lost at home to No. 2 Alabama. The possibility is there, but I'd say it's unlikely the Aggies close the season 0-3.

In this best case scenario, Kentucky clinches the two-seed and can avoid Brandon Miller and Alabama until championship Sunday. A deep run in the SEC Tournament would drastically help Kentucky's seeding for the NCAA Tournament. In conclusion, there's still a lot to play for in the regular season and the season as a whole.



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