No one said this was going to be easy.
OK, yes we did.
We all did.
As soon as No. 1 Kentucky dispatched of rival Louisville, we all dismissed the conference season as a pesky interruption in the Wildcats’ pursuit of perfection. We searched in vain for potential hiccups and hangups for a team that seemed invincible.
And now, less than one week into the SEC season, here we are, with a team that looks a whole lot more vulnerable than invincible.
On Tuesday, Ole Miss nearly took out the Wildcats at Rupp Arena despite playing all of overtime with its hottest shooter, Stefan Moody, on the bench with cramps. On Saturday, Texas A&M pushed Kentucky to the edge of the brink of a 40-0 T-shirt bonfire even though its leading scorer, Jalen Jones, didn’t play the entire game, out with a high ankle sprain. The Wildcats survived 70-64 in double overtime.
Yes, the Cats are 2-0 in the league and 15-0 overall but the zeroes are hanging on by the slimmest of margins.