David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
Some very cool, and very dangerous cats.
Who? The Wildcats of Kentucky.
Where? Lexington, Kentucky, also home to Transylvania. University, that is.
When? March 24th, in Queens, New York.
Why? Single-digit RPI and second in the SEC? No question.
How? They were an at-large selection.
Surprise? Predicted to finish first in the conference, they ended up in second, a game behind Tennessee.
Record: 27-5 (13-3 SEC)
Good wins: At Louisville.
Bad losses: Nothing too egregious. At LSU, maybe?
Who's running this show? Matthew Mitchell, since 2007, who cut his teeth as a Tennessee grad assistant.
Kentucky prides themselves on their defense, forcing over 24 turnovers per game and making sure their opponents don't get the opportunity to score. Senior forward A'dia Mathies leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.8 per game, but junior forwards DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker are dangerous in the paint, and sophomore guard Jennifer O'Neill is a threat from beyond the arc or in the lane.
If the defense is on, their opponents... do not look good. But the Wildcats commit a fair number of turnovers themselves, and in the wrong matchup, that tendency can be exploited.