The Kentucky Wildcats are 22-1 and ranked #1 in the U.S. of A. as they get ready to face the South Carolina Gamecocks down in Columbia tomorrow afternoon. The 'Cats are also 8-0 in the Southeastern Conference--a good three games ahead of their nearest competition (Florida). They've been smoking their conference foes, winning league games by an average of 15.5 points. And...I'm kinda bored. Yes, the 2011-2012 edition of Big Blue is going to be the best opportunity to date for Coach John Calipari to win a national championship--this includes the Memphis teams in my humble opinion. Yes, the 2011-2012 Wildcats are the best team we've seen in Lexington since Tubby Smith's Comeback Cats cut down the nets WAAAAYYYYYYY back in 1998. (And, actually, the '02-'03 squad was pretty darn good, too) And these guys are better than them, from a talent perspective. But, for crying out loud, Kentucky hasn't played a team that is currently ranked since Louisville on New Year's Eve. And the SEC scheduling committee backloaded the conference slate so that Kentucky doesn't even play its 5 toughest games (Florida twice, Vanderbilt twice, and at Mississippi State) until the last part of the season.

Well, at long last, February has arrived. And it's time for these extraordinarily talented young Wildcats to show us what they've learned. After South Carolina tomorrow, they have Florida coming to Rupp on Tuesday followed by a brutal road game at Vandy in Nashville next Saturday. That game, by the way, will be ESPN's College Gameday matchup. I guess, now that I think about it, I got bored just at the right time. Things are about to heat up for the 'Cats and get very exciting for Big Blue Nation, all at once. Game on!