Dance Card: Kentucky, SEC at-large

Defense didn't win a SEC championship, but it's where Kentucky excels.

Who? The Wildcats of Kentucky.

What? The nickname was given in a chapel service. (Proof that football is serious business even at basketball schools.) The University of Kentucky does not recommend raising your own Scratch.

Where? Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World.

When? March 22nd, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Why? Look at those gorgeous numbers.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish second in the conference, they ended up in fourth, four games behind South Carolina.

RPI: 9

SOS: 6

Record: 24-8 (10-6 SEC)

Good wins: At Tennessee. Louisville. And of course the epic game with Baylor.

Bad losses: Alabama at home.

Who's running this show? Matthew Mitchell, since 2007. He comes with standard issue SEC hair.

Extra, Extra! The Lexington Herald-Leader. You can also hear more from our friends at A Sea of Blue.

One never knows what one will get with the Wildcats. The graduation of A'dia Mathies has left them without a single go-to player, and their offense has suffered from that at times. Junior guard Jennifer O'Neill leads Kentucky in scoring, coming off the bench with 12.7 points per game. The post duo of seniors DeNesha Stallworth (11.9 points, 6.9 rebounds) and Samarie Walker (9.1 points, 8.8 rebounds) can be powerful, but have often disappointed this year. Highly regarded freshman guard Linnae Harper has been getting bigger minutes lately.

Kentucky's defense keeps them in pretty much everything. "Havoc" leaves opponents off balance, forcing 20.1 turnovers per game, 9th in the NCAA. They play a high-paced game.

Random things I like: Bria Goss, 90.4% from the line with the second-highest number of attempts. A third of her points come on free throws.

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