It’s unhealthy to read too far into bracket projections this early in conference play, but the latest Bracket Watch from Andy Glockner at SI.com has an interesting twist. Glockner has Kentucky and North Carolina in a play-in game in Dayton for the 12-seed in the east region. If the tournament were to start today with his bracket, Kentucky would have to run through the Tar Heels, San Diego State (5), Michigan State (4), and Duke (1) to reach the Elite Eight. Syracuse, Butler, Ohio State and Notre Dame would be potential opponents in that game to reach the Final Four.
That’s a scary region for all parties.