Kentucky basketball will begin their 2013 SEC basketball season on Jan. 10. The Wildcats (9-4) open the conference season on the road against a struggling Vanderbilt (6-6) squad.
John Calipari's youthful Wildcats will be tested early at Vandy. Memorial Gym is always a difficult place to play, and this Kentucky team hasn't exactly awed anyone on the road.
But there are reasons for optimism. Kentucky played inspired basketball against Louisville on Dec. 29, and followed it up with their best 40-minute performance of the year against Eastern Michigan.
Granted, Eastern Michigan doesn't boast SEC talent, but the game was a step in the right direction.
In SEC play, will we see more of the same from the Wildcats? What will this team look like in March?
Here are five bold predictions for the Wildcats' SEC season.