Kentucky Basketball: Wildcats Find Themselves Backed into a Corner

Vinny HardyCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 05:  John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena on February 5, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When a wildcat is cornered in the wild, bad things may be in store for the person or animal who did the cornering.

The fear or weakness that allowed the wildcat to be cornered in the first place is now tossed aside as it attacks the person or other animal with all it has in an attempt to fight its way out of said corner.

Poor road showings at Arkansas and Georgia have left the Kentucky Wildcats cornered.

It has been that kind of year for Coach Cal and UK.

In a span of three weeks Cal has said there are players who "aren't very coachable" and that he's "done a crap job" with the team this season.

Fan reaction has been mixed.

Some feel that Cal should shoulder some of the blame just as he's taken credit for the good times. Others feel that it's more on the players since heart, toughness and determination can't be coached.

Odd as it seems, all of the above statements and opinions are correct.

It's been a group effort. Things have not clicked. Everyone is in the corner together and must fight their way out of it together when it comes to preserving their hopes of making the NCAA tournament.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Kentucky has to focus solely on the Florida Gators before they do anything else.

Anything short of the effort they gave in their 90-83 win against Missouri on Feb. 23 will result in a disappointing Senior Day at Rupp Arena.

Florida, (24-5, 14-3 SEC) like most other teams, is a different team on the road. In their three conference losses, all on the road, they have averaged only 62.3 points per game.

It's desperation time from here on out. If Kentucky knocks off Florida, their work is not done. They need to win some games in the SEC tournament.

It's an unusual position for UK to be in. They have won the conference tournament 28 times, and now they are hoping to go to Nashville and hang around for more than one game.

Such is life on the bubble and in the corner.

They could fight their way out of it, but their inconsistency makes you doubt that they will.