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Kentucky moves up the bracketology ladder

With most of the top ten losing last week and the Cats holding serve, it makes sense that, in addition to moving up the polls, Kentucky would also jump up a line or two in the bracket projections. That’s what happened, as the Cats rose from a #4 to a #3 seed in the latest prognostications from ESPN’s bracketology.

They’re in a very manageable bracket, although the top seed, Texas, is playing as well as any team in the country right now. The other high seeds are all very beatable, as #2 San Diego State, #4 Purdue and #5 West Virginia are good, but not head and shoulders above Kentucky. A potential second-round matchup with Georgetown could be difficult, but if you’re like me and think that Georgetown is unbelievably overrated then it doesn’t seem so tough. Overall, if this is how the bracket broke down on selection Sunday, we’d have to feel pretty good about Kentucky’s chances of making a deep run.

One interesting note is that the SEC, long written off as the worst of the major conferences this season, actually placed five teams in the bracket, with Alabama making its debut as the #12 seed in the Cats’ region. That gives the league the same amount of bids as the Big 12 and ACC, and at least for a few minutes tricks people into believing that the SEC West has respectable basketball. Georgia is still under consideration and would give the SEC a half-dozen teams, but they’ve been unable to follow-up the signature win over Kentucky and are still on the outside looking in. The other SEC teams are Florida (5) Vanderbilt (6) and Tennessee (7).

Kentucky’s other opponents came is as follows:


3-Notre Dame



7-North Carolina

Here is the link to the complete bracket and here is the Cats’ region: bracket-1-31

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

18 Comments for Kentucky moves up the bracketology ladder

  1. Don
    4:06 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    That would be a most favorable bracket

  2. TSlone08
    4:14 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Easiest trip to Elite 8 ever? I think so!!

  3. Winston Bennett
    4:18 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares? This is pointless.

  4. bigbluecats350
    4:23 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    indeed it would. a lot of people are saying sweet 16 or elite 8 for this years team. i dont see it. if this team is hitting shots and playing agressive i can honestly see a final four. but from there its wide open. i think the real difference from last year to this year is last year realized a lot quicker that u had to play the whole season. this years team, i could be wrong, lives for the real compitition of either win or go home. and i think it will finally show come sec tourney time. what most people dont get is its not only youth. some fans still dont see that 90% of uks opponents play their best game against us no matter how bad they are or we are. so dont write uk off because we dont have a big man or arent deep

  5. The BORO
    4:23 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Mossakowski is transferring?

  6. cantstandthercards
    4:24 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Would take that bracket any day.
    Eleven teams from the Big East! I dont see it.

  7. Don
    4:26 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Yikes…I thought Moss was getting ready for baseball season.

  8. bigbluecats350
    4:29 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    5-could u blame him. he and newton, two of the highest ranked qb’s out of high school to come to uk and have to ride the pine behind a project trying to prove that his brother wasnt the only talent in the family

  9. elstie01
    4:33 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    I would worry about Georgetown because they are hit and miss, like the rest of the Big Least. They could come out and play great, or play awful…and it doesn’t seem like them or many of the other BE teams have anything in between great and awful. They go from top 5, to 4 L’s in a row…and the like. After that game we would have a easy road to possibly play Texas. I could only hope they would get knocked off early.

  10. HubbaBubba
    4:35 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Terrible time for Moss to transer. Would have to sit out a year and only have 2 to play. Already burned his red shirt. I don’t believe it, but there is smoke there and no one is denying it yet. Oh, and that bracket, I would take that in a minute.

  11. The Oval Office
    4:37 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    It’s inevitable. We will get the hardest region simply because it’s UK. Mark it down.

  12. TeamPaulyD
    4:46 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    All of it looks tough! I’d like the idea of playing Georgetown…

  13. MttaCatFan
    4:48 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    You forgot about Bama. They snuck in as a 12 seed in UK’s region

  14. The Fan
    5:01 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    I believe UK will be a 2 seed before its over with in the Duke bracket.

  15. T.J.
    5:30 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    I will take this any day of the week

  16. Coach Cal
    5:30 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    Please let us have this bracket. This would almost be as easy as Puke’s cakewalk last year!

  17. Go Cats
    5:38 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    #14, who wouldn’t love to be in Duke’s bracket? Duke always gets the easy road so wouldn’t that be a good thing for us?

  18. wildcat fan here
    5:44 pm January 31, 2011 Permalink

    I would kiss matt if that was our bracket!!!