Wildcats get set for must-win SEC Tournament

Kentucky hopes its must-win approach results in a lengthy run through the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Wildcats will likely need one to lock up an NCAA tournament berth.

Seeing how that "one-and-done" urgency worked their upset of No. 11 Florida last Saturday, the defending national champions (21-10, 12-6) aim to carry it over and win at least twice more this weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Second-seeded Kentucky opens play in Friday's quarterfinal against Thursday night's winner between Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

The Wildcats believe that reaching Sunday's championship will bolster their case for an at-large berth, a shaky scenario before they beat the Gators. Still, with nothing assured, Kentucky players enter the weekend with the mindset of playing each game like it will be their last.