After a few ugly losses early in the season, most national talking heads wrote off John Calipari and Kentucky as serious contenders for a title.
However, behind a balanced scoring attack and an up-tempo offense, the Wildcats have willed their way right back into the conversation surrounding the best teams in the entire country, as Joe Lunardi projects them to earn a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, as things currently stand.
Don't be surprised if they end up with a No. 2 or No. 1 seed by the end of the SEC tournament.
The Wildcats have ridden some standout performances from effortless scorer Tyrese Maxey and star big man Nick Richards to get back in the national conversation.
With more experience than most Calipari teams have, as well as depth at center and guard, the Wildcats are a team perfectly equipped for a deep March run.
The Wildcats have had to overcome some turbulence this season, but Calipari and company appear to have figured out how to solve a good chunk of their issues as they fix their gaze on an SEC title and an even higher seed.