Hey, let’s talk about basketball! It’s been a busy morning around here, but Drew’s battle with the NCAA and Gregg Marshall’s wife is going to have to take a backseat for a minute, because we have a bone to pick with ESPN. Myron Medcalf re-seeded the teams in the Sweet 16 and according to him, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are only the 10th best team left in the NCAA Tournament:
10. Kentucky Wildcats (Reseed: 3, previous seed: 2)
The Wildcats have three players who will probably secure slots in the first round of the NBA draft this summer (De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk). So how did they end up in a single-digit affair with Northern Kentucky, eligible for the NCAA tournament for the first time, and locked into a one-point game in the final seconds against double-digit seed Wichita State (yes, the Shockers deserved better from the selection committee) after making just 33 percent of their shots in the first half of the win? Well, Monk is just 6-for-21 overall and 2-for-11 from the 3-point line through two rocky tourney games. The Wildcats seem more surmountable and less Kentucky-like when he’s off. He may shake that funk in Memphis this week. But if he doesn’t? Well, Kentucky’s ride could end.
The two best teams left, according to Medcalf? Kansas and North Carolina. Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Michigan, Arizona, UCLA, Florida, and West Virginia are also all rated above Kentucky.
The more bulletin board material, the better, right?