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CBS Sports: Kentucky has the best path to becoming a one-seed


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.

1. Kentucky 

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.

[CBS Sports]

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6 responses to “CBS Sports: Kentucky has the best path to becoming a one-seed”

  1. christopherharrison26

    The cold in Nashville must be affecting the spell checker – “favorited”???

  2. jaws2

    The SEC is one of the worst conferences in America relative to home court ‘screwing’, uh, advantage. Along the way we WILL get torqued! It makes me sick.

  3. runningunnin.454

    Your analysis is correct….the SEC hurts us in basketball; but, helps us in football.

  4. DelrayCat

    I am always amazed at how wildly inconsistent the SEC is during conference play. Just when you think a team is pretty tough and playing well, they go on the road and lose by 20 to one of the worst teams in the conference. I think this year is unique in that the conference is actually decent from top to bottom, but not great. I see only UK and Florida as a lock to make the tourney. SC and Arkansas are probably in if they can finish above .500 in conference.
    Teams like Auburn, Bama, Georgia, Tennessee, Vandy, A&M, and Ol Miss could get hot and make the tourney, but I don’t see it happening to more than one or two of these. The league parity will hurt these middling teams. I think we end up with a bunch of teams around .500 in SEC play… and only Missouri is truly bad. No way the Cat drop more than 2 in conference tho.

  5. 2thepoint

    Speaking of Kansas: I watched the last few minutes of the game between them and K-State. I am not sold they are great team, but I am sold on the fact every game I remember seeing at their place they get the benefit of real home-cooking. That game mentioned had them commit a foul on the rebound on the other end by cutting under a K-State player, but watching the guy take 4 or more steps on the way to the final basket was a travesty, again!
    I remember last year how UK was treated by the refs we hate at their place. The reason for this post is I have no doubt we will get those refs here at Rupp, again! The two losses so far has had Roger Ayers or Doug Shows.

  6. henderblue

    Good points 2thepoint. You’re dead on about Shows and Ayers