Outside of the opening-game loss to Duke, Kentucky hasn’t played anybody. Jeff Sagarin’s computer ranks UK’s strength of schedule at 279 out of 358 teams. Here is Pomeroy’s rankings of the Cats’ last four foes — Robert Morris 290, Mount St. Mary’s 295, Ohio 101, Albany 302.
Calipari calls them “tune-up” games. The pandemic robbed last year’s team of such confidence-builders. And we saw the result. Still, it’s difficult to make definitive judgments on a team that to this point has played such inferior competition.
One thing we do know: Many UK fans see no reason to make the trip to Rupp Arena to watch “tune-up” games. Their fannies are seated at home, not in Rupp.