Kentucky suffered another embarrassing home loss last night, this time at the hands of the woeful Georgia Bulldogs.
The loss has Kentucky on the cusp of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.
The Wildcats finished the 2008-2009 season with a 13-6 record in storied Rupp Arena. Kentucky looked to be a lock to earn another NCAA tournament berth several weeks ago, but that dream appears dead after a terrible finish in SEC play.
Home losses to VMI, Mississippi St., and Georgia have Kentucky fans frustrated and confused.
Let’s take a closer look at Kentucky’s struggles this season.
Jodie Meeks is one of the best guards in the nation and will be the SEC player of the year. His spectacular 54-point performance against Tennessee highlighted what will go down as one of the best seasons ever by a Wildcat.
Patrick Patterson is a solid post player and rebounder. He has battled injuries this season is still averaging 18 ppg and nine rpg.
And then there is…nothing.
Kentucky has one great player, one very good player, and a bunch of stiffs.
Perry Stevenson was highly recruited, but has yet to discover the weight room and has been underwhelming during his first three seasons at Kentucky.
Thankfully for Wildcat fans, both Meeks and Patterson have eligibility remaining. They would be wise to return to school, but who knows. And if they decide to head to the NBA, next season will be even worse that this season for Ashley Judd and Wildcat Nation.
Billy Gillespie is a good coach but he must improve as a recruiter at Kentucky. He managed to lure top recruits including Donald Sloan and De’Andre Jordan at Texas A&M, so fans should keep hope alive.
The Wildcats will be one of the favorites in what will be a depleted SEC next season, providing that Meeks and Patterson remain in school.
Shake it Ashley, shake it real good.