The Kentucky Wildcats are making history. It just so happens to be the sort the program would likely prefer avoiding. For the first time since March 2014, John Calipari and company are on the outside looking in at the AP Poll.
That’s right. Big Blue Nation and all its glory happen to be not ranked.
Kentucky is actually on a two-game skid. Having lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks last week, the Wildcats followed that up by falling just short against the Florida Gators over the weekend, ending the Wildcats’ run of 57 straight home wins over unranked opponents.
At the time of this writing, Kentucky has an overall record of 14-5, which isn’t awful, but the Wildcats are only 4-3 during SEC play.
Calipari’s two non-conference losses are nothing to be ashamed of. Kentucky fell victim to the Kansas Jayhawks incredibly earlier in the season, then lost to an only alright UCLA Bruins team prior to league play starting.
For what it is worth, Cal went on record after the loss to Florida to state how little he’s concerned with the current two-game misstep.
“We’re going to be fine,” Calipari said. “I was worried after South Carolina, now. I’m not worried after this. We’ll be fine. I was worried after Vanderbilt, to be honest with you, and we won that game. They do this and they stay this course and this is who we are, we’ll be fine.”
Young teams often take time to gel. While everyone will want to bury Big Blue Nation now, remember that it is only January.