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Ira's Weekly Column

Ira's Weekly Column
By - Ira D. Combs

Director / Syndicated Columnist
Tri State Sports Media & Promotions Service Inc.

Cats Toughest Test Left In Regular Season May Be Arkansas

Now that we’ve survived the blizzard of 2015 or at least I think we have the worse part of it behind us the Commonwealth’s sports fans can get back to closely following their beloved Kentucky Wildcats march toward what hopefully will be a history making undefeated season and 9th NCAA championship .

UK is a still perfect 27 – 0 as we enter the last week of February and have once again garnered all votes from the national media and set perched high on top of the totem poll as the # 1 kingpin of college basketball .

This week’s two hurdles to jump are at MSU (Wed.) in Starkville , Miss. at Humphrey Coliseum (7:00 est. SEC TV Network) which should be one of those nagging wins that isn’t sealed until midway of the 2nd half and then (Sat.) back in Rupp Arena (4:00 est CBS 27/Lex. or CBS 57/Hazard) where the Cats will host a solid Arkansas team who could have this years SEC player of the year in 6’ 11” Soph. F/C Bobby Portis who is averaging 17.9 ppg and 8.8 rpg for the #16 Razorbacks who set in 2nd place of the SEC with a 22 – 5 record and pretty much have a lock on an NCAA bid to the “Big Dance” and hope to build a higher seed as they go down the home stretch .

No new news to report this week of a serious nature injury wise with any of the UK players although Coach Cal mentioned in his pre Auburn press conference that Tyler Ulis has some nagging knee/leg problems that he would like to address with some time off but it’s simply to late in the season to go that route with his type of injury and after having a meeting with Ulis Cal said it was decided to just fight thru the pain and take care of it after the season . Several members of the media who set close to me have noticed that Willie Cauley-Stein is slightly favoring his foot/ankle that was operated on in the off season early last summer after fracturing it in the NCAA tourney run . However , it doesn’t appear to be more than just a tinge of pain or discomfort that has built up from the wear and tear of the long hoops season and the favoring doesn’t seem to show much until deep into the game usually I’ve noticed around midway of the 2nd half .

With only four games left in the regular season UK can clinch a tie for 1st place with a win at MSU wednesday and clinch the outright SEC regular season crown with a win over Arkansas saturday since the Razorbacks already have three losses on the year in SEC play . The reason I bring this out is that the SEC # 1 seed for the conference tournament in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena won’t have to play until 1:00 p.m. cst on friday the week of the tournament .

Upon Further Review SEC Stronger Than Appeared

Unlike a coach or an official a sports columnist can correct himself after the fact and I definitely stand corrected on this matter . Earlier this month I went on a short and weak rant about the SEC getting a little to much love from some corners of college basketball and that it appeared to me the competitive strength wasn’t any better than previous years . This was just a few days after a couple ugly late December early January non conference losses by SEC teams . Upon further review and having played deeper into the season it appears the SEC will have (3) solid participants in “March Madness” with the distinct possibility of having (6) when “Selection Sunday” is all said and done . If three teams ( LSU – Ole Miss – Georgia ) don’t stub their toe these last two weeks nor in the SEC tourney ) they should garner a bid . # 1 UK , # 16 Arkansas , and Texas A & M should already have a resume that will please the NCAA selection committee .



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