At this do-or-die time of the year, it seems like every game takes on a greater importance the closer and closer we get to Selection Sunday. That’s why Kentucky’s 64-48 loss to Vanderbilt on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament seems to have hurt the Wildcats so much. At such at a critical time of the year, it wasn’t the greatest timing to lose their second game to a team outside the RPI top 100.
“It was in our hands to take it out of everybody’s hands and we didn’t take care of business,” John Calipari said Friday.
As true as that statement is – UK was essentially a lock for the NCAA Tournament with a win over Vanderbilt – perhaps everyone overreacted just a bit in the immediate aftermath of the loss to the Commodores.