The Kentucky Wildcats have had their fair share of struggles lately when it comes to sluggish starts. The most glaring examples of this have come in their last two home games against Florida and Vanderbilt.
When they found themselves facing sizable deficits, the grit and resolve they displayed to overcome them has been admirable.
Former UK legend and current color analyst Mike Pratt said as much on his weekly appearance on The Leach Report with Tom Leach. The Cats are heading down to College Station to face a Texas A & M Aggies (16-13, 8-9 SEC) team that they defeated by 42 points in Lexington.
The Aggies are playing for pride and revenge at this point, and one last tune up before a miraculous attempt at running the table at the SEC Tournament. It will also be senior day for Tavario Miller, so the Cats will be in town for whatever festivities they conduct for that occasion at Reed Arena.
There’s also the sentiment that this game doesn’t really mean anything as far as seeding is in the NCAA tournament is concerned.
The game starts at noon Eastern Time. The kicker to the kicker? College Station is in the Central Time Zone.
So Kentucky will be doing all of their pregame routine type things at the crack o’ dawn in order to be ready for the 11:00 AM Central Time tip. It is what it is.
Securing the 48th SEC regular season championship outright has to mean a little something, right. A win over the Aggies would do just that.
Kentucky’s offensive fortunes have mirrored Malik Monk’s offensive output, especially in these last two games. Slow first half starts and sizzling second half finishes have been the theme. It would be nice to see all of the Cats get off quickly and punch their opponent in the mouth and set the tone heading into tournament play.
If they are able to come out and start fast under those circumstances, they can come out and start fast any time.