The upper-left hand is a dude’s, right?
It’s March, so that means that if you were tired of bracketologies, bubbleologies, and any other sort of basketball-themed slapdash science, you probably should avoid, um, the internet.
The rest of us, though, can’t get enough. Especially in a year when the Cats don’t look their best, the bubble-watch has become as natural as eating, breathing, and hating Tennesseee. It’s with that in mind that we look to Andy Glockner’s most recent prognostication for the Wildcats, which puts them solidly “in the mix” for a tourney bid. Way to commit, Andy.
IN THE MIX
Kentucky (20-9, 11-5; RPI: 51, SOS: 59)
The Cats handled Mississippi State easily at home but then were felled at Arkansas in a “show me” game for the committee. Now a trip to Georgia looms as really important ahead of a home date with Florida to wrap things up. Kentucky has to show the committee it can do more than beat bad teams (or win in OT) at home with this Noel-less lineup. Any road win would be a big one at this point.
GW: Missouri, Maryland (N)?, at Ole Miss
BL: at Tennessee
It hurts, but he’s right; the Arkansas game was a chance to show the selection committee that this team actually had turned a corner, and were a different, but still capable team without Nerlens. Instead, they showed that sometimes they panic, and don’t always handle road environments very well. In fact, with only four true road wins all season, it’s a safe bet to say they handle away games fairly poorly.
With Florida as the only “lock” and Missouri the only “should be in,” Kentucky is competing with several other SEC teams for at-large bids. Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Alabama all have respectable records, and it’ll be interesting to watch the last couple games, and the SEC tournament. Hopefully Missouri can beat the Vols, and if we can somehow get Ole Miss and Alabama to both lose when they play each other, that’d be great.
Enjoy the bubble-watch this year, and especially the SEC tournament, because it might be the last year for a while where they actually matter. Remember last year, when we locked up a one seed in February, and had to go to the SEC tourney knowing that it was basically irrelevant? Yeah, me too. That was awesome. But this year at least there’s something on the line, and it should at least make things more interesting.
P.S. I saw that Indiana cut down some nets last night after losing to Ohio State. Next up is a campus-wide party for Cody Zeller’s Quinceanera. Should be wild.