Saturday is very important for two reasons. The first one pertains to me because my dad and his fiancé’ are tying the knot. The second reason is Kentucky plays the North Carolina Tar Heels in a game that will determine the rest of the season.
The Cats were down 20 early against Notre Dame last Saturday. Easily one of the lowest points in the John Calipari era. Kentucky fought back and was a Olivier Sarr jump-shot traveling a foot further from pulling off another miracle comeback. It didn’t happen, but gave us fans some hope.
I’m 50/50 when it comes to being positive and negative about it. But, I definitely will be on one side when the final buzzer has sounded this weekend.
The Cats are 1-4 and off to the worst start since (I think) the early 80’s. I don’t remember the Billy Clyde era much, so the 2013 season was as bad as I can remember. But even that team got off to a better start.
Saturday’s game will determine a few things:
- If these dudes got anything out of the Notre Dame loss. The one silver-lining to Saturday is that the Cats were down 20, came back, and almost won the game. Not only that, but they looked pretty good doing it. Yes, they still were struggling offensively, but they looked great defensively. We shall see.
- If Camp Cal actually works. Don’t get me wrong, I think it does work. We’ve seen it in the past. But, This team isn’t good right now. At all. These guys have been in “Camp Cal” for the past two weeks and Cal even said they’re doing three-a-days. We’re about to find out how good of a coach Cal is.
- If they’re going to make the NCAA Tournament. Questioning whether Kentucky will play the NCAA Tournament doesn’t really ever happen. Especially in the Cal era. But, with a shortened season and this bad of a start, Kentucky is on some very thin ice right now. If you beat UNC and Louisville, I think they’re in. But, if they go 1-1 or 0-2, it still isn’t a guarantee.
Saturday is a big day.