Now that the Kentucky basketball season is underway, fans are getting a chance to see not only what the Wildcats are really made of, but also how their SEC competition is shaping up. Just as John Calipari’s team hasn’t been quite as unbeatable as it was cracked up to be, so have some of the other top teams in the SEC fallen short of (or exceeded) expectations through the first few weeks.
One talented team that’s off to a rough start is the Tennessee Volunteers, who have suffered losses against both Xavier and UTEP early on. Despite their unremarkable 5-2 record, though, Jordan McRae and the Vols have definitely shown enough to make Kentucky take them seriously once conference play begins.
Herein, a closer look at how the ‘Cats match up with Cuonzo Martin’s team, along with early-season evaluations of four other top challengers Kentucky will have to beat for the SEC crown.