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College Basketball Game Preview and Prediction: Arkansas Razorbacks at Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky will face its first ranked team since December
College Basketball Game Preview and Prediction: Arkansas Razorbacks at Kentucky Wildcats

No question, SEC basketball is better than it has been in a number of years.

 

The league should send its most teams to the NCAA Tournament since 2011, including the presumptive No. 1 overall seed in Kentucky.

 

The question, though, is if any of these teams can touch the Wildcats. Granted, few teams in any league can approach the Wildcats this season. There's no shame if Arkansas, Georgia, Texas A&M and Ole Miss can't finish off the Wildcats; Kentucky isn’t 28-0 because the SEC is a mediocre league.

 

When Will Kentucky Lose Its First Game?

Which of the Wildcats' final eight opponents have what it takes to knock off Big Blue?
When Will Kentucky Basketball Lose Its First Game?

Kentucky isn’t the only team chasing history in the SEC.

 

The Wildcats took another team’s best shot Saturday in a 67-61 win over Florida, but as has been the case in close calls all season, Kentucky continued its march to an undefeated regular season and more.

 

That Florida gave Kentucky a game is little surprise to John Calipari, who has come to expect that every team is looking for its signature moment of the season when it faces the Wildcats. 

 

Kentucky Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Predictions

Alex Poythress' injury puts John Calipari's platoon plans to the test
Kentucky Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Predictions

In an honest moment, UCLA coach Steve Alford might roll his eyes at Kentucky’s current dilemma heading into Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic in Chicago.

The Wildcats lost junior forward Alex Poythress for the remainder of the season a week ago to a torn ACL. The injury means Kentucky coach John Calipari must either find a 10th man to play in his unconventional platoon system or simply deal with a nine-man rotation filled with McDonald’s All-Americans and NBA prospects.

Alford only wishes he could sympathize with that problem.

SEC-Big 12 Challenge Preview and Predictions

Big 12 looking to showcase depth. SEC looking to showcase anything
SEC-Big 12 Challenge Preview and Predictions

For a challenge between the strongest major conference from top to bottom a year ago (the Big 12) against the most top heavy (the SEC), this year’s event has surprisingly interesting matchups.

 

The headliner, Texas’ trip to Kentucky, matches two teams with Final Four aspirations and star-studded frontcourts. Arkansas and Iowa State should meet in an entertaining up-and-down affair. The matchup in Morgantown features one overachieving team (West Virginia) with one still struggling to find its way (LSU).

 

5 Lessons from the Champions Classic: Kentucky, Jahlil Okafor dominant

The Wildcats throttle Kansas, Duke's freshmen shine
What We Learned from the Champions Classic: Kentucky, Jahlil Okafor dominant

Here’s the terrifying part of Tuesday night: This is only the early season form for Kentucky and Duke.

 

November is supposed to be a time when teams are working through lineups and combinations, when freshmen are figuring out their place in the college game.

 

Champions Classic Game Preview and Predictions: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Draft talent will be on display in Indianapolis showdown
Champions Classic Game Preview: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats

The Champions Classic finale between Kentucky and Kansas is sure to be a scouting bonanza even if John Calipari and Bill Self are trying to figure out how the pieces fit together.

 

Dozens of NBA scouts are expected to be Indianapolis for a game that may contain the most pro prospects on one floor this season — Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and the Harrison twins for Kentucky, Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre and Wayne Selden for Kansas.

 

Can Bruce Pearl Revive Auburn Basketball?

Former Tennessee coach ends his NCAA exile with rebuilding job on the Plains
Can Bruce Pearl Revive Auburn Basketball?

Years before Bruce Pearl took the Auburn job, the coach had already secured the approval of the most important face of Tigers basketball.

 

Pearl was midway through his tenure at Tennessee, and he had the Volunteers humming. The program's return to relevance in the SEC and the national stage was enough to draw the attention of Charles Barkley.

 

The Hall of Famer and Auburn legend reached out to Pearl and left the coach a voicemail.

 

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