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If I instructed you that the winningest program in Division I faculty basketball historical past solely has 8 wins this season would you imagine me?

The Wildcats are going by means of it this season as they’re coping with lots of the similar illnesses Duke is. As the one two “one-and-done” faculties within the land, youth generally is a big hurdle throughout a pandemic that throws off your total preseason and non-conference schedule. And moreover, all No.1- and No. 2-ranked recruiting lessons aren’t created equally. Simply since you’re a five-star recruit, it doesn’t imply that you simply’re Jahlil Okafor or Anthony Davis.

The Wildcats have shedding streaks of six, 4, and three this season, as 13 of the 16 gamers on their roster are freshmen or sophomores. And their “star senior,” Olivier Sarr, is a first-year switch who’s enjoying in his first — and final — season in Lexington.

Kentucky misplaced a recreation they wanted to win in opposition to Florida on Saturday 71-67, and have video games in opposition to Ole Miss and South Carolina this week. Profitable these video games is a should, however at this level, something exterior of profitable the SEC Event is the one manner Kentucky will probably be dancin’.

In 2013, a 12 months after they gained the nationwide title, Kentucky performed within the NIT and misplaced within the first spherical in a street recreation to Robert Morris 59-57.

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