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Bracket Racket

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With 13 days until Selection Sunday, the nation’s bracketologists have become more frenzied than a pack of gossipy teenagers talking about who’s going to the Big Dance. Here’s a quick run down of where we stand in their eyes this morning:

USA Today’s Patrick Stevens

Last four in: Villanova, Virginia, Massachusetts, Kentucky
First four out: Iowa State, Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland
Next four out: Southern Mississippi, Baylor, Mississippi, Arkansas

(6) Virginia Commonwealth vs. (11) Kentucky/Virginia [South Bracket]

Stevens on Kentucky’s resume and the SEC:

Kentucky predictably fell at Arkansas, a beast of a home-court team that can do little good outside of Bud Walton Arena.

…There’s still enough time for a couple of these teams (Kentucky, in particular) to recover and work their way into the NCAA tournament. But on this particular day, the borderline teams of the SEC were a downright mess.

CBSSports’ Jerry Palm:

Last four in: Villanova, Tennessee, Kentucky, Massachusetts
First four out: Iowa State, Maryland, Mississippi, Baylor

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Palm on Kentucky’s disappointing weekend:

Kentucky lost at Arkansas, but who doesn’t? If the NCAA tournament was in Fayetteville, the Hogs would be a No. 1 seed. Syracuse is the only team to win there this year.

Lunardi hasn’t updated his brackets since Saturday, when he listed the Cats among the last four out, along with Alabama, Baylor, and Southern Miss.

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16 Comments for Bracket Racket

  1. Jeff Garlin
    12:33 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    So your telling me there’s a chance?

  2. Al's IndiCats
    12:33 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    They have to play harder, we can’t regress like we have and go into tournament play.

  3. tdogg40330
    12:37 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    say what ya want, what coach wants to see UK as their 12 seed opponent?? I’d say none …

  4. come on
    12:40 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Im a uk fan and i want to believe in this team and want to think they can turn it around and make a run. But lets be real here this is just a down year and we are looking at (if we get in) a second round maybe third round if we are lucky outing. This team just does not have what it takes to make a deep run. The only thing we can do now is just root and hope that IU, UL, or duke does not win the title this year because it will be a long long summer if one of those teams win. Just my take.

  5. El Pollo Loco
    12:43 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t Palm have the Cats as being out before Saturday’s game?

  6. tdogg40330
    12:43 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    4) thats fine that you believe that … but do ya have to put it on every post??

  7. moron
    12:44 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    6- 2 posts is every post? And no i wouldnt have put them on both if i would have realized that this was the most updated post.

  8. GoForIT
    12:50 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    **Off Topic- but with the new casino opening in NKY/Cincy why can you only bet on sports in Vegas? Would love to bet on sports at a casino like Vegas.

  9. B-man
    12:54 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    #4 – I hear ya, but after Georgia, we have a very favorable stretch of venues…home game, then the SEC tourney in Nashville, which will predominantly be UK fans. Most of the other schools suck so bad that none of their fans show up. I believe I recall that the “contenders” (FL, AL, MS) didn’t even use up their ticket allotment. If we make it to the round of 32 or Sweet 16, I’m okay with that. Just shows, a “down” year for the Cats would be a great year for 90% of the programs out there! Chin up and GO CATS!

  10. Odd
    12:54 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Odd that Palm didn’t put the cats in after the mizzou win but now that we lost to arkansas we are last 4 in? Guess all the other bubble teams have been stinking it up too

  11. tulei
    1:04 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    i think that’s a picture of a brace.

  12. DTuck
    1:15 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    #8, Federal law makes a sports betting exemption for any state that allowed it before the new 1992 law took effect. Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon were the only states that allowed it at that time. I believe Delaware and Oregon did so to allow NFL parlays as part of the state lottery. I don’t think they do that anymore. New Jersey is now challenging that law due to the new Philadelphia casinos crushing Atlantic City.

  13. Dusten
    1:17 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta love that quote from Jerry Palm, very fair and comical.

  14. Al's IndiCats
    1:20 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    And 13, they’ll build a popcorn machine for that honor ha ha ha

  15. NEWMAN
    2:27 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    @9 Favorable stretch of venues? You do recall us losing at Rupp twice this season, right? It doesn’t get more favorable than our own homecourt.

    But here’s what really get my goat: It’s not so much that USA Today has us as an 11 seed, but that VCU (VCU!!) is a projected 6 seed.

    Man alive.

  16. Dickie
    4:40 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Palm has been doggin Cats all year, so many other bubble teams had worse losses, especially Marshall and the boys at Ole Miss, his fame lasted 15 minutes