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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Kentucky headed for 16-0?

By Andy Katz

Circle Jan. 12 on Kentucky’s calendar. That may be the next and first time the Wildcats lose this season.

The Wildcats will be at Florida for that Super Tuesday affair on ESPN.

Sorry, but I don’t see a defeat in the next six: home games against Austin Peay, Drexel, Long Beach State, Hartford, Louisville, and the SEC opener with Georgia.

Florida is fully capable of knocking off Kentucky in Gainesville. By then, the weight of being 16-0 could be a bit heavy for this crew.

As expected on Saturday, Indiana gave the Wildcats a solid 20 minutes before Kentucky ran off an 18-0 run, UK's largest of the season (although that 28-2 run against UNC was breathtaking at times).

John Calipari has also started to settle on a rotation. He went with the same starting five for the ninth straight game with guards John Wall and Eric Bledsoe and forwards DeMarcus Cousins, Darius Miller and Patrick Patterson, with big man Daniel Orton as the first substitute off the bench.

Kentucky wasn’t rattled by the rockin’ Assembly Hall crowd, the team's first true road game of the season. And what was even more important for the Wildcats was that they didn't have to rely so much on Wall. He was 4-of-12 for 11 points (although those eight assists and zero turnovers sure were helpful) with his backcourt mate Bledsoe scoring a game-high 23. Patterson, who will and continues to be the anchor of this team, had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

There is such a clear advantage of talent when Kentucky steps on the court against teams like Indiana and those it will play in the coming weeks.

This isn't exactly a bold statement, but it's obvious that UK is one of the dozen teams that can make it to Indy and win the national title.