Earlier today, I shared Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology with you, which had Kentucky as a two-seed in the South Region. CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm is putting a different spin on bracketology with his power rankings for the four number one seeds, or, the teams with the best chance to finish with a top seed based on talent, schedule, what they have done so far, and what they likely can do. According to that measure, Palm says Kentucky has the best path to a number one seed of any team in the country.
The Wildcats have defeated North Carolina and Michigan State and likely will be favored in every game the rest of the way. There doesn’t appear to be a significant challenger in the SEC. Kentucky still has a home non-conference game vs. Kansas on Jan. 28.
UCLA, Villanova, and Kansas round out the top four, followed by Gonzaga, Baylor, Duke, and Oregon. Of course, these rankings are totally based on Palm’s opinions and while I agree with him that Kentucky will be favored in every game the rest of the way, with a team this young, you can’t expect them not to stumble once or twice. The SEC being terrible at basketball is a double-edged sword; sure, the competition is easy, but if you lose, it hurts you more than any win could help.