The University of Kentucky’s Men Basketball Team was ranked 15th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted March 7th.
The Wildcats defeated the University of Florida 70-54 in the SEC Tournament title to claim the SEC Championship. They will enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 25-8 and a conference record of 10-6.
The Wildcat’s Season
The Wildcats are on one wild ride as they enter the NCAA Tournament. They beat the University of Florida in the SEC Championship game, Alabama in the semifinals, and Ole Miss in the quarterfinals.
Kentucky is on its sixth-straight win and can take that momentum into the next round of games. Kentucky will be the No. 4 seed facing Princeton in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky holds a 2-1 record over Princeton and 12-3 all-time record against the Ivy League. This is Kentucky’s 27th overall SEC Tournament championship.
It is interesting to note that Kentucky is 20-4 when scoring 70 or more points in a game and 23-0 when holding its opponent to 67 points or fewer per game. John Calipari leads as the Wildcats Head Coach but he looks to Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller to win games.
About The Team
John Calipari is in his second season as Head Coach of the Wildcats. Although his tenure is short, he has made it count. In his previous season he led the team to the NCAA Elite Eight, and a No. 1 ranking. He has received numerous awards including the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year Award, Naismith National Coach of the Year, and SEC Coach of the Year.
Freshman Terrence Jones was named SEC Freshman of the Year, All-SEC First Team and SEC Newcomer of the Year. He averaged 17.1 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocked shots per game in the regular season. He led the league with 11 double-doubles. Freshman Brandon Knight was also voted to the All-SEC First Team.
He averaged 17.7 points per game and set the Kentucky freshman record for 20-point games in a season with 12. Freshman Jones and Knight were also all named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Junior DeAndre Liggins was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. He averages 8.6 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game.
Junior Darius Miller was named SEC Tournament MVP and SEC All-Tournament Team. He averages 11.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. With these four in the starting lineup, in addition to Josh Harrellson, the Wildcats are 16-6.
About The School
The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, KY and is one of the leading public research institutions in the United States. Kentucky conducts more than $300 million in research each year ranging from cancer vaccines to fuel needs and beyond. In addition to this, there are more than 70 nationally ranked academic programs from students to choose from.