Rick Barnes calls Kentucky 1 of the 2 best teams in college basketball this year
The Kentucky Wildcats locked up the SEC regular-season title on Saturday with a win over Auburn. However, there are still 2 games left to go before the SEC Tournament.
On Tuesday, they’ll host a tough Tennessee squad in a game they need to win in order to improve their NCAA Tournament seeding. Tennessee, however, will be hungry to hurt Kentucky’s seeding.
And, according to comments made by coach Rick Barnes on Monday, the Vols won’t be taking the Wildcats lightly. Per Barnes, Kentucky and Kansas are the 2 best teams in the country (via 247Sports):
“I think Kentucky is the most underrated and under-appreciated team in the country right now,” Barnes said. “I think (Kentucky) and Kansas are the 2 best teams in the country. They haven’t lost since their game at Auburn, and Kansas I don’t think has lost since their game at home against Baylor. Right now, those are the 2 best teams in College Basketball. They have 2 players, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards who are 2 guys that are player of the year type candidates. There are a lot of terrific coaches in our league and nobody has done a better job than John Calipari. So, with that said, they’re playing terrific defense, they get out in transition, they are as lethal as any team you will play against. They’re going to get into their sets and execute.”
Can the Vols pull off a big-time upset? We’ll find out on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN.