Here’s why it would be important for Kentucky to win the SEC title

Kentucky assistant basketball coach Kenny Payne talks about why it would be important for UK to win the SEC regular-season title. The Wildcats are one game behind Tennessee and LSU. UK is at Missouri on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
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Kentucky assistant basketball coach Kenny Payne talks about why it would be important for UK to win the SEC regular-season title. The Wildcats are one game behind Tennessee and LSU. UK is at Missouri on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.