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Kentucky took a second straight loss Saturday at home against Florida and the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament outlook is increasingly bleak. The rest of the SEC is still holding strong in bracketology forecasts.

NCAA Tournament Bracketology: SEC basketball still solid, but Kentucky increasingly shaky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari spent most of his postgame press conference Saturday night telling Kentucky basketball fans not to panic after a second straight loss, and he’s correct that there is not cause for a full freak-out.

But in terms of the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament prospects, maybe a minor meltdown is in order.

The Wildcats (14-5, 4-3 SEC) are still No. 19 in the RPI, and they do have three top-50 wins with zero sub-100 losses. But all of their quality wins are at home — a rout of rudderless Louisville being the best of those — and they’re 2-2 on the road.

Depending on your view of this freshman-heavy Kentucky team’s potential, the final 12 regular-season games offer a terrific set of opportunities to improve its postseason positioning — or a gauntlet that might threaten the idea of these Cats even making the NCAA Tournament field.

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Kentucky was a No. 5 seed in ESPN’s latest bracket projection, before Saturday’s loss to Florida. And now, nine of its 12 remaining games are against RPI top-40 teams, six of those on the road: at West Virginia, Missouri, Texas A&M, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida. Projected tournament teams all.

While it still seems unlikely the Wildcats will miss the Big Dance altogether, that schedule paired with their continued struggles could easily add up to a No. 8 seed (worse?) and another brutal path through the bracket. On the bright side: That happened in 2014 and UK delivered a series of upsets all the way to the national championship game.

Calipari and Cats fans are no doubt praying this group can pull a last-minute turnaround like that one.

A much-improved SEC, top to bottom, will make that more difficult. ESPN’s bracketology had eight of the league’s teams in the field before Saturday’s games: Auburn as a 4 seed, Kentucky and Tennessee as 5 seeds, Florida as a 6, Arkansas an 8, Texas A&M a 9, Missouri and Alabama as 10 seeds.

The Gators, Aggies and Crimson Tide all had huge weeks. Florida trounced Arkansas and won at Kentucky. Texas A&M, which roared in non-conference play and then started 0-5 in the SEC, swept Missouri and Ole Miss. Bama ended rival Auburn’s 14-game winning streak and beat Mississippi State without star Collin Sexton.

The Bulldogs have been exposed as frauds, by the way. Mississippi State, which plays at UK on Tuesday, started 12-1 thanks to a strength of schedule ranked 144th nationally. But it has now lost four of five games in conference play.

All told, the SEC still has 10 teams within striking distance of an NCAA Tournament invitation, and here are their updated credentials:

Auburn (17-2, 5-1 SEC)

  • RPI: 8
  • Top-50 wins (4): at No. 12 Tennessee, No. 29 Arkansas, No. 33 Middle Tennessee, No. 49 Georgia.
  • Sub-100 losses (0): No sub-50 either
  • Road record: 4-1
  • SOS: 49

Tennessee (13-5, 4-3 SEC)

  • RPI: 12
  • Top-50 wins (3): No. 9 Purdue, No. 19 Kentucky, No. 30 Texas A&M
  • Sub-100 losses (0): No sub-50 either
  • Road record: 4-2
  • SOS: 5

Kentucky (14-5, 4-3 SEC)

  • RPI: 19
  • Top-50 wins (3): No. 16 Louisville, No. 30 Texas A&M, No. 49 Georgia
  • Sub-100 losses (0): Worst loss is No. 61 UCLA
  • Road record: 2-2
  • SOS: 12

Alabama (13-6, 5-2 SEC)

  • RPI: 23
  • Top-50 wins (3): No. 8 Auburn, No. 11 Rhode Island, No. 30 Texas A&M
  • Sub-100 losses (1): at No. 138 Vanderbilt
  • Road record: 1-3
  • SOS: 7

Florida (14-5, 6-1 SEC)

  • RPI: 24
  • Top-50 wins (5): at No. 19 Kentucky, No. 25 Cincinnati, No. 29 Arkansas, at No. 30 Texas A&M, at No. 36 Missouri
  • Sub-100 losses (0): Worst loss is at No. 90 Ole Miss
  • Road record: 3-1
  • SOS: 25

Arkansas (13-6, 3-4 SEC)

  • RPI: 29
  • Top-50 wins (3): No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 36 Missouri
  • Sub-100 losses (0): Worst loss is No. 92 LSU
  • Road record: 0-4
  • SOS: 17

Texas A&M (13-6, 2-5 SEC)

  • RPI: 30
  • Top-50 wins (4): No. 17 West Virginia, No. 32 Buffalo, No. 36 Missouri, at No. 40 Southern California
  • Sub-100 losses (0): Worst loss is No. 92 LSU
  • Road record: 1-3
  • SOS: 15

Missouri (12-6, 3-3 SEC)

  • RPI: 36
  • Top-50 wins (2): No. 12 Tennessee, No. 49 Georgia (also beat top-75 teams Iowa State, St. John’s and Central Florida)
  • Sub-100 losses (1): No. 159 Illinois
  • Road record: 2-3
  • SOS: 26

Georgia (12-6, 3-4 SEC)

  • RPI: 49
  • Top-50 wins (4): No. 23 Alabama, No. 42 Saint Mary’s, at No. 44 Marquette, No. 45 Temple
  • Sub-100 losses (2): No. 123 San Diego State, at No. 181 Massachusetts
  • Road record: 3-4
  • SOS: 81

South Carolina (11-7, 3-4 SEC)

  • RPI: 53
  • Top-50 wins (2): No. 19 Kentucky, at No. 49 Georgia
  • Sub-100 losses (0): Worst loss is No. 97 Illinois State
  • Road record: 3-3
  • SOS: 58