It's that time of year again. The time of year that every basketball fanatic in the country waits for.
The month of March for a sports fan is a month they never want to see go. There will be high spirits and broken hearts everywhere throughout the United States.
Hopefully in Lexington it will be all smiles.
It all starts with the SEC conference tournament. John Calipari continues to say that an SEC championship means nothing. Most in Lexington would disagree. It means the world to a Wildcat fan. Not as much as a national championship does, but nothing in college basketball compares to that.
An SEC tournament title would be a huge confidence boost heading into the NCAA tournament and something that a young team like the 'Cats could rally around. It would also give fans something to be excited for heading into the tournament.
Although, without a consistent three-point threat, the Wildcats could end up being skinned in the tournament. In the game versus Tennessee, the Wildcats were abysmal from long range. Three-point shooting has been somewhat of the Achilles' heel for Kentucky all season long.
They have been terribly inconsistent, which cannot happen against all the zone defenses they have seen. Darius Miller and Darnell Dodson must step into their roles as the three-point shooters. Patrick Patterson should not be hitting more threes than those two guys in a game ever.
Dodson and Miller will interchange game in and game out on who will be the hot shooter. Streaky shooters typically do not fare well come tournament time.
Three-point shooting is the answer solving all the problems with the two losses UK has suffered this season. If you can't shoot against a zone then typically you are going to have a rough night. Just ask Jim Boeheim.
The Wildcats will see a zone each and every time they step on the floor in the SEC tournament. The weaker teams in the first and second rounds of the tournament they will be able to beat just with pure athletic ability. When they start to play the Tennessees and Vanderbilts of the SEC, that zone will turn into a roadblock for an SEC crown.
Ultimately the ball is in Kentucky's court. No one in the country expects UK to falter in the SEC tournament. If it is not raining threes for the Wildcats in the closing rounds it is going to be tough for them to get through.
Dodson and Miller have to be a threat and something for teams to worry about in order for the Wildcats to succeed. If this happens then the Wildcats should have no problem getting through the SEC tournament and in prime position for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.