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As Kentucky suffers through its worst season since Rick Pitino took over for the disgraced Eddie Sutton, it’s been hard on the fans. Loads of “Billy versus Tubby” talk going on. And then this ESPN piece didn’t paint UK’s now-beleaguered coach in the best light. All-in-all, it’s been a season to forget with — save a Jodie Meeks 54-point outing — very little to cheer about.

Until now.

In the above video, Kentucky fans might have found a salve to help them recover and prepare for next season: Patrick Patterson told reporter Alan Cutler he would in fact be returning to the Wildcats next season. The sigh of relief you hear can be attributed to the state that’s bordered by Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Illinois. Now if they can get the same from Jodie Meeks, there might actually be some positive feelings about next season.

The Wildcats have a decent recruiting class coming in with the centerpiece being big man Daniel Orton, and the idea of pairing Orton and Patterson on the low blocks is an attractive one. And hey, the good news for Kentucky keeps on coming as they beat the Ole Miss Rebels in the first round of the SEC Tournament this afternoon.

The win keeps the Wildcats’ paper-thin tournament hopes alive.