In the weeks leading into Selection Sunday, most of the conversation about Kentucky basketball revolves around potential NCAA Tournament seeding. With Louisville set to host a regional, that talk has been amplified exponentially. What once seemed an improbable destination is looking more and more possible.
There are a few different ways Kentucky can claim a spot in the Louisville Regional. Being one of the best one-seeds would help. We’ll discover during Saturday’s March Madness Bracket Preview Show, airing at 12:30 on CBS, if Kentucky is No. 5 (the top two-seed) or the No. 4 overall team (the West’s one-seed) in America.
Shelby Mast, USA Today’s resident Bracketologist, believes the Cats are a one-seed. This morning on Kentucky Roll Call he explained why the Cats are currently in position to head West as a one-seed.
“The Michigan schools are solid schools, but Michigan State especially is in a bit of a slump right now. Michigan lost a game the other night by double digits; probably shouldn’t have lost that bad,” Mast said. “Just comparing their overall profiles, right now Kentucky is the fourth-best team.”
In his current bracket, Gonzaga is the top two-seed, set to play in the West Region with Kentucky.
Obviously, much will change between now and Selection Sunday. Instead of playing out win-loss scenarios, Mast simply explained how Kentucky could still play in Louisville as a two-seed.
“They can end up on the two-line, and if Virginia and Duke finish one and two overall, which is very possible, whoever’s one will go East and whoever’s two will go to Louisville as the one-seed. If Kentucky’s on the two-line ahead of Tennessee, then they would end up on the two-line in the South in Louisville.”
You could make an argument that it would be better for Kentucky to be a two-seed with a shot to play in Louisville, than a one-seed out West. We could see that exact scenario play out over the next six Sundays.
Thirty-eight days till Selection Sunday.
Listen to the entire interview with Mast below, or Subscribe to the Kentucky Roll Call podcast with me and T.J. Walker on iTunes.