WALKER: Cats could go unbeaten

Could Kentucky go undefeated in the Southeastern Conference? Things look a lot more realistic now than even a few weeks ago with the Tennessee situation where they have lost all-conference forward Tyler Smith and possibly more players to come. Then Florida maybe isn't as good. South Carolina has lost guys. Mississippi State never got a key player eligible and is not as good as expected.

I still worry a little bit about Vanderbilt. They have played awful well on their home court and that is one team if we are going to overlook somebody, that is one team we could possibly overlook and them play very well.

The key to it obviously will be taking one game at a time no matter how big the winning streak gets. Coach Cal has done a great job leaving the debate to the media and the fans and he has kept the team focused on game to game situations. That is what you have to do, but it is looking a lot more realistic now that Kentucky could do that.

It's kind of crazy to even be thinking about it because the SEC is usually pretty good and was supposed to be better this year. But I think Kentucky could do this.

A year ago I would have never imagined this because it was a totally different team. If coach Cal had not come, John Wall would not be here. Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins and Darnell Dodson would not be here. Patterson and Meeks would have been gone. Miller might have been gone, too.

But if you had asked me a year ago if we could be here now talking about Kentucky being undefeated and in position to go unbeaten in the SEC, there is no way it could have happened.

As a player, you want to take care of one game at a time, but at a certain point — and I don't know if it is at 15 wins, 20 wins or 22 wins — you get to a point where an undefeated season takes on a different meaning. Once you win 10 or 12 games, so what. You probably played some weaker opponents and it doesn't matter that much, but you get to conference play unbeaten and teams know you better and the competition gets a little bit more stiff.

After you get beyond 15-0, I think it's fine to start talking about an unbeaten season because you are already halfway there.

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