It is hard to believe that the 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats were once the No. 3 team in the country. With a loss to Texas A&M at home on Jan. 12, the thought of missing the NCAA tournament seems plausible.
The Wildcats that won by two at Vanderbilt and lost by 12 to Texas A&M will not make the NCAA tournament.
We thought it was a given that the Wildcats would improve as the season moved on. Gains in experience, trust and conditioning were all expected to translate to wins in SEC play.
And, against Louisville, it seemed like Kentucky was showing those signs of improvement. It was a resilient effort, and, despite the loss, was one of the better games Kentucky played on the year. Losing by three to a national championship contender on the road was nothing to be ashamed of.
But losing to Texas A&M erased any thought that these young Wildcats have turned the corner. They haven't.
And if they don't, they will not be making the NCAA tournament.
Statistics via ESPN.com.