A look at Kentucky in the various computer rankings at the end of regular-season play:
- Kentucky is No. 24 in Ken Pomeroy’s tempo-free statistical rankings. The Cats are 26th nationally in offensive efficiency and 40th in defensive efficiency.
Arizona is No. 1 in Pomeroy’s rankings, thanks in part to its No. 1 ranking in defensive efficiency. Louisville is No. 2 with Florida at No. 3. Tennessee is No. 12. The Vols rank 16th in offensive efficiency; 28th in defensive efficiency.
- Kentucky is 18th in Jeff Sagarin’s computer rankings for USA Today. The Cats’ strength of schedule is ranked 42nd-toughest in the nation by Sagarin.
Sagarin’s top 3 overall are also Arizona, Louisville and Florida. Sagarin has Tennessee at No. 26, with a strength of schedule ranking of 56.
- Kentucky is 17th in the RPI, with the Cats ranking 7th in strength of schedule
Arizona, Florida and Kansas are the top three in the RPI. Tennessee comes in at No. 42.
Here’s a look at Kentucky’s SEC basketball win percentages since the 2000 season.
Tubby Smith was the UK coach from 2000 through 2007. Billy Gillispie coached UK in 2008 and 2009. John Calipari’s record goes from 2010 through 2014.
College basketball on television, this the final day of the regular season:
- 12:00 – Northwestern at Purdue (Big 10)
- 12:00 – Big South Tournament final (ESPN2)
- 12:00 – Virginia at Maryland (CBS)
- 1:00 – Big Ten Women’s Tournament final (ESPN)
- 2:00 – Saint Louis at UMass (CBS Sports)
- 2:00 – Missouri Valley Tournament final (CBS)
- 2:00 – Atlantic Sun Tournament final (ESPN2)
- 3:30 – SEC Women’s Tournament final: UK vs. UT (ESPN)
- 4:00 – LaSalle at Saint Joseph’s (CBS Sports)
- 4:30 – Michigan State at Ohio State (CBS)
- 5:15 – Penn State at Minnesota (Big 10)
- 6:00 – Boston College at North Carolina State (ESPNU)
- 7:00 – ACC Women’s Tourmament final (ESPN)
- 7:30 – Wisconsin at Nebraska (Big 10)
- 9:00 – Pac-12 Women’s Tournament final (ESPN)
Related link: Live reports from today’s Kentucky-Tennessee final
You can read our coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky-Florida game here. Meanwhile, a look at the coverage from the Florida perspective.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel:
It seems only appropriate that Calipari’s entire starting lineup on Saturday comprised young, undisciplined McDonald’s All-Americans. This is, after all, what Kentucky’s program has become; it’s become McDonald’s. It’s fast food, ordered from the NBA drive-thru, eaten quickly in the car — and the bag is mostly empty by the time you get home. Calipari is a fast-food fry cook; Donovan is a master chef who plans the meal, prepares it, seasons it just right and lets it marinate to perfection.
Even though Donovan would never admit it publicly, Saturday’s victory — the most lopsided over Kentucky in school history — was a victory for his way over Calipari’s way. A victory for a college basketball program over an NBA factory. How sweet it must have felt for the Gators and their four senior starters — Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Will Yeguete — to celebrate Senior Day with a blowout win over Calipari’s flash-in-the-pan freshmen.
Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune:
It was an emotional Senior Day, framed jerseys before the game, snipping twine after it. An SEC regular-season championship. And a chance at much more.
Why not these Gators?
Billy’s bunch became the first SEC team to finish 18-0 in conference play.
“We set our goals to win the SEC, but to go 18-0?” said Florida senior center Patric Young, who led the Gators with 18 points Saturday. “But once we were 11-0, 12-0, 13-0, we decided let’s just go ahead and do it, let’s do it. And we got it done.”
Schedule for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament this week in Atlanta:
- 7:00 – 12-Auburn vs. 13-South Carolina
- 9:30 – 11-Vanderbilt vs. 14-Mississippi State
- 1:00 – 9-Texas A&M vs. 8-Missouri
- 3:30 – Auburn-South Carolina winner vs. 5-Arkansas
- 7:00 – 10-Alabama vs. 7-LSU
- 9:30 – Vanderbilt-Mississippi State winner vs. 6-Ole Miss
- 1:00 – Texas A&M-Missouri winner vs. 1-Florida
- 3:30 – Auburn, South Carolina or Arkansas vs. 4-Tennessee
- 7:00 – Alabama-LSU winner vs. 2-Kentucky
- 9:30 – Vanderbilt, Mississippi State or Ole Miss vs. 3-Georgia
- 1:00 – First semifinal
- 3:30 – Second semifinal
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Running some numbers from Kentucky's 84-65 loss at Florida:
Florida shot 59.6 percent, the best field goal percentage by a Kentucky opponent in John Calipari's five years as head coach and the best by any opponent in seven years.
Florida's national title team shot 64 percent in beating UK on March 4, 2007.
The previous high by a team vs. a Calipari-coached Kentucky team was 58 percent last year by Tennessee in the Vols' rout of UK in Knoxville. Connecticut shot 57.7 percent in beating UK in the finals of the Maui Invitational in 2010.
Kentucky managed just six offensive rebounds, compared to Florida's 29 defensive rebounds, for a season-low 17.1 offensive rebound percentage. Kentucky's previous low for the season was 25 percent against Missouri on February. The only other time the Cats were under 30 percent was 26.9 against Tennessee on January 18.
Here is UK coach John Calipari after the loss at Florida.