If the Wildcats can reclaim the SEC crown from when they won it back in 2011, the automatic bid means that they won't need to wait and see if their resume stacks up enough to get them into the dance.
Unfortunately, a (very unlikely) trip to the final game means another matchup with Florida, which the Wildcats don't match up well with at all. Combine the complete lack of physical and mental toughness this team has shown, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Kentucky make an exit in the first round.
Even with the Big Blue Nation traveling to Nashville to essentially make the tournament feel like a home game, other teams smell blood in the water. The cohesiveness that should be taking place at this point in the season has almost seemed to regress back from where it was a few weeks ago.
A trip to the Big Dance at this point would just be for pride, not a run at defending the title. This team just doesn't have what it takes to play together in the postseason.
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