POLL: Does UK’s loss help or hurt?

POLL: Does UK’s loss help or hurt?

Aaron Smith

Lots of talk about whether UK needed a loss before the NCAA Tournament, so we’ll ask you: Does the loss help or hurt the Cats going forward?

Does UK’s loss help them or hurt them going forward?

Personally, I don’t think this one single loss is all that concerning. Losses happen. Just look around at the rest of the conference tournaments. Syracuse lost. North Carolina lost. And Vanderbilt had outscored UK in two of the four halves the teams had played this season, so the Commodores could clearly hang tough.

I do think, however, that the SEC tournament overall was about as uninspiring as possible. UK struggled with LSU. At the time, we chalked it up to the layoff and first-game jitters.

Then Florida took UK to the brink, and the Gators’ offense dominated UK’s usually stout defense. At the time, we chalked it up to Florida simply playing out of its mind — and still not having enough to overcome the Cats.

Then Vanderbilt stayed with UK through the majority of the game, and then pulled away to win. The Cats faltered down the stretch. At the time, we chalked it up to tired legs. But is there maybe something more to UK’s last three games? After all, UK crushed LSU on the road and beat Florida by 20 at home and 15 on the road — then, on neutral floors that felt more like home games, struggled with both.

In the end, UK simply has to regroup before the NCAA Tournament. Whether a loss can instigate that will be seen soon enough.