Kentucky has beaten two teams with winning records

When Kentucky basketball was ranked No. 3 in the pre-season somehow no one had the foresight to think that here at the midway point of January, the Cats would be right in the middle of NCAA Tournament bubble talk. And yet here we are.

The Cats improved to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the SEC with that 75-65 win over Tennessee on Tuesday night. The problem, however, is that the 11 teams that Kentucky has beaten just aren’t very good. The season-opening win over Maryland is the victory with the most marquee value and that’s not saying much, not when the Terps are 1-2 in the ACC heading into tonight’s game against North Carolina State.

In fact, the win over Tennessee was just the second by Kentucky over a team that currently has a winning record. The Vols may be 0-3 in the SEC but they are 8-7 overall.

Of UK’s 11 beaten foes, eight are 200-plus in both the Sagarin ratings and the RPI.

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