After losing their top two scorers and the No. 1 ranked Wildcats for the first time in three years, the Kentucky basketball program was hoping to get back to winning ways after losing five straight games to open the season.
However, the Wildcats had a tough road to go to, especially in the ACC and Big 12, and head coach Mark Stoops was not happy with how the team performed on the floor.
In his first season, Kentucky was 4-8 overall and 8-7 in the SEC.
In the Big 12 Tournament, the Blue Devils were swept by eventual champions Texas and fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition, Kentucky fell to Oklahoma in the Elite Eight.
However the Wildcats have found a way to get into the postseason this season, and now the team is set to return to the NCAA tournament for the third straight season.
The Blue Devils’ record in the Big Ten Tournament was 2-10.
Kentucky finished with a 4-11 record in Big Ten play, and will be looking to get a boost in that conference with a win over Michigan State on Tuesday.
Kentucky’s win over Ohio State was their first win in five games since Nov. 19, 2017, and it was their third straight game in which they held the Buckeyes to fewer than 100 points.
Kentucky will be without four starters, as Jarrad Davis, De’Anthony Thomas, Anthony Gill and J.R. Smith are out with injuries.
However this will give Kentucky some flexibility to play more of a two-man lineup with sophomore point guard Josh Jackson, who had six points and five assists in the win over Texas, and junior forward Tyler Ulis, who is still dealing with an undisclosed injury.
Kentucky is averaging 108.6 points per game and shooting 51.5 percent from the field.