- Sep 9, 2015
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Last season on February 10th, Kyra Elzy’s Wildcats were 2-8 in the SEC following a 59-50 home loss to South Carolina. The second-year head coach was headed for a losing season in Lexington. And then things got crazy. The Wildcats, led by Rhyne Howard and Dre-una Edwards, won their final six conference games to finish 8-8. Even better, they capped a four-game sweep through the SEC tournament with a championship game victory over South Carolina. Edwards nailed a three pointer with 4 seconds remaining completing a double-digit comeback and wresting a 64-62 victory from the future national champions.
Then it was over. Kentucky was ousted by Princeton 62-69 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Reality returned.
This year’s Wildcats were picked for 7th in the SEC; but with Howard and Edwards gone, they bear little resemblance to last year’s club. While Kentucky is 6-1, their lone loss was to the only notable team they’ve faced, Virginia Tech 74-82. The other wins were over Radford 3-5, Morehead State 4-5, Coastal Carolina 2-5, Bellarmine 2-6, Dayton 0-8, and UNC Greensboro 4-4.
Kyra Elzy’s coaching staff is better known than her early season opponents. It includes former Arizona head coach Niya Butts, former Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover and as special assistant to the head coach Gail Goestenkors. Basketball brain power be damned. It’s time to see if the Gophers can engineer a power five winning streak of their own.