Kentucky Wildcats 2011 Profile
Coach Phillips got off to a very good start in 2010. A +1 game coach right out of the gate in the SEC East is very good. Only time will tell if it can be maintained. Anything above a +1 game coach in the SEC is doing very well.
Recruiting is trending up and the Wildcats have their highest 4 year national average recruiting class going into the 2011 season. At #45 national, the Cats need a couple more years of recruiting into the 20’s and 30’s annually to try and push out of the #5 slot in the division.
Coach Phillips established a stronger than average home field advantage in 2010 and was exactly to the model on the road. the annual schedule will be very important for improved seasons in the years.
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Kentucky Schedule and SOS/EOS Breakdown
The 4 out-of-conference games are all wins. Louisville will be tough, but UK should win that one on their field. The other 3 should be no issue in Lexington.
While their SEC schedule has a #6 SOS rank in the conference, they have a #11 EOS. This is saying they have the 2nd toughest schedule to talent ratio which is don’t expect a lot of wins. The model shows 1 conference win when comparing recruiting ranks and home/away variables. +1 game was added due to the 2010 season trend. Any more than 2 conference wins is a huge season for Kentucky.
Links to other Wildcats stats, trends, and articles
Wildcats Win/Recruiting Trend Chart
This chart holds a lot of promise for Wildcat fans. Recruiting is trending up and the team is the most talented in the past 7 years since the charting was started. They recruiting on a mid-tier level in any other conference (upper third of Big East). However, in the SEC a #45 nationally ranked 4 year recruiting class keeps you in the bottom third of the division. It will be another couple of good recruiting years to push this team into a more competitive position in the conference and division.