Kentucky will get the opportunity to avenge one of the program’s most embarrassing losses, if Joe Lunardi’s new NCAA tournament projection comes to life.
No, I’m not talking about the loss to Duke to start this season. I’m talking about the 16-point loss to Gardner Webb in Rupp Arena on November 7, 2007 — one of the lowlights of the Billy Gillispie era at Kentucky.
According to Lunardi, Kentucky will meet Gardner-Webb for the first time since that game, in the first round of the tournament. Gardner-Webb will play in the tournament for the first time ever after clinching its spot on Sunday by winning the Big South Championship.
Lunardi’s new projection also has the potential for avenging this season’s loss to Duke. Duke dropped to the No. 2 seed in Louisville, while Kentucky took over as the top team in the region in the new update.