But uneven guard play, the frontcourt's failure to support Cauley-Stein after he took over for Noel and a season-long battle trying to build chemistry doomed Kentucky's hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament.
The last two games were telling for the Wildcats' season-long issues in the backcourt. After combining for 29 points in the win over Florida, Harrow and Goodwin contributed just 16 points on 7 of 25 shooting against Vanderbilt.
Cauley-Stein had nine rebounds against the Commodores but just seven points and four fouls, while Poythress tallied six points and four rebounds. Against the Gators, they teamed up for 15 points and 20 rebounds.
"I mean, it's re-occurring," Cauley-Stein said of the team's up-and-down performances after the Vanderbilt loss.
"Happens every two games. It's like that."
The Wildcats won't get the opportunity to repeat that pattern in the NCAA tournament.