This morning it was announced that the Kentucky men’s basketball program is pausing team activities for at least 48 hours due to COVID-19. This 48-hour pause includes the cancellation of Kentucky’s biggest game thus far this season, a matchup with 5th ranked Texas.
John Calipari’s Wildcats are off to one of the worst starts in the history of the illustrious program. They currently sit at 5-10 overall.
If this were college football, Kentucky’s national championship hopes would be totally lost, but anything can happen in March. This cancellation serves as a massive blow to Kentucky’s at-large bid hopes however, as Texas was the highest ranked team remaining on Kentucky’s schedule and their best chance at improving their NCAA Tournament resume.
NCAA Bracket expert Joe Lunardi responded to my tweet with his opinion on the Wildcats’ at-large hopes last night.
Kentucky still has several chances to beef up their tournament resume, including two matchups with 18th ranked Tennessee, a road game at 12th ranked Missouri next Tuesday, and matchups with tournament hopefuls Auburn and Florida.
They’ll ultimately have to finish the season near-perfect and cap it off with a strong showing in the SEC Tournament, if it is even played. This Kentucky team simply does not resemble the teams they have had over the last decade.
The Wildcats are used to slow starts due to roster turnover, but there’s more to their poor play this year than a slow start. They just aren’t a very good basketball team. It is going to be extremely difficult for Kentucky to finish the season strong enough to overcome losses to Richmond, Georgia Tech, and eight other teams to this point.