Sports
5:42 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kentucky Enters Postseason Unranked

Kentucky's group of heralded freshmen are no longer among the nation's elite, in fact the team is no longer considered among the best in the nation.

The young Wildcats, who began the year the top-ranked team in the nation amid a buzz of possibly even going unbeaten, have fallen out of the Top 25.

They have lost three of their last four games, including Saturday's 84-65 loss at No. 1 Florida. Kentucky (22-9, 12-6 Southeastern Conference) struggled offensively and the Gators shot 60 percent from the field, a reflection of the Wildcats' struggles down the stretch.

Kentucky's freefall has a familiar feel to it.

Last spring the Wildcats lost four of their final five games, including a first-round NIT upset at Robert Morris. That collapse followed Nerlens Noel's season-ending knee injury; coach John Calipari blames this downward spiral on his team's inability to execute.