In terms of a first-round bye in next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament, Kentucky does not control its own destiny. But UK can control the remote control on Saturday, thus enabling the Cats to watch their competition for the second and final first-round bye.
If Georgia wins at Alabama on the SEC Network (1:30 p.m.) and Vanderbilt wins against visiting Florida on ESPN (6 p.m.), Kentucky would be the third seed in Atlanta next week regardless of how the Cats fare at Tennessee on Sunday.
But if either Georgia or Vanderbilt loses, Kentucky would be the No. 2 seed and enjoy a day off Thursday by beating Tennessee.
"I'm pretty sure a few of us will be looking at it," Darius Miller said of those Saturday games. "But I don't think we'll make a big deal out of it."
Brandon Knight seemed ambivalent, saying that he might watch, or might not.
Teammate Terrence Jones said he would watch and root for Alabama and/or Florida.
"Hopefully it'll work out for us," he said.
When asked about the bye as a factor going into the game at Tennessee, UK Coach John Calipari said he put a priority on enhancing the team's profile for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.
"My whole thing is that seed," he said.
That might be semantics because advancing in the SEC Tournament seemingly would improve Kentucky's seeding in the NCAA Tournament. And having to play an extra game in Atlanta would make advancing in the SEC Tournament more difficult.
After Kentucky beat Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Jones expressed concern about the consequences of not getting a first-round bye and having to play four games in four days.
Jones and the Cats expressed more optimism on Friday about that potential scenario.
After acknowledging that having to play four games in four days would be a "tougher" means of winning the SEC Tournament, Jones said, "But we'll have to find a will to win knowing what's on the line."
Miller added a more optimistic note. "I think we have a good enough team to do it," he said. "We're confident enough in our abilities."
But Jones' original point was that the Cats' six-man rotation enhances the value of the first-round bye. That won't change no matter how optimistic or self-confident the players are.
"If that's the situation you're put in, you have to live with it," Knight said. "You can't make excuses about it. You've got to go out and play through it even if you're tired."
Knight has reason to be first in line when it comes to fatigue. His average of 36.8 minutes in SEC play ranks first among all players.
"I'm all right," he said. "I'm fine. I'm still in the training room getting treatment."
Knight said he'll spend 15 minutes or so in a tub of cold water. "Making sure my legs are restored," he said. He added that he gets treatment on his "legs, feet and stuff."
Jones said he feels the normal aches and pains the day after games. "That's probably (the same) for everybody," he said.
Calipari took comfort in Kentucky's Ratings Percentage Index of 12 and strength of schedule of No. 10 as assurances of a solid NCAA Tournament seed no matter what happens in Atlanta.
"We just have to keep fighting and tell these kids, 'Just play hard, play harder than the other guy,' " he said, " 'and just play with reckless abandon. You do this together. You execute.' Then wherever it falls, it falls."
Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl echoed the sentiment when he met with reporters in Knoxville later Friday. He noted that the Volunteers could be as good as a No. 2 seed or as poor as a No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament.
"That's really not the issue," he said. "The issue is for us to put two wins together. And we haven't done that in about a month."
Almost exactly a month since Tennessee won at Mississippi on Jan. 29 and at Auburn on Feb. 3. The Vols are 3-5 since then.