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1977 was the year. That is the last time you will find records that show Kentucky finished above .500 in SEC play. That’s right, the Wildcats haven’t finished better than 4-4 or 3-3 in SEC play 40 years.
The head coach of the last team to do that was Fran Curci, who was in his 5th season at Kentucky. Despite a perfect 6-0 record in SEC play, the Wildcats were ineligible for the SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
The 2017 Wildcats, who are 3-1 in SEC play, have three conference games remaining, needing to win two to finish with a winning record in league play. Almost everyone has chalked up the game at Georgia as a loss so that only leaves two games for Kentucky to achieve something that hasn’t been done in four decades.
The next two weeks, UK faces Ole Miss at home and Vanderbilt in Nashville. Kentucky is the favorite vs. the Rebels and will likely be favored next week vs. the Commodores.
Victories the next two weeks and a team that has been criticized as much as any in program history could be remembered as one of the best. However, a loss to either Ole Miss or Vanderbilt, and the Wildcats will let a golden opportunity slip away.
Fans should pack Kroger Field on Saturday as Kentucky looks to improve to 4-2 in SEC play and 7-2 overall.