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Leach talks to Lunardi, Lunardi talks Cats


When Joe Lunardi recently predicted that Kentucky would garner a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, eyebrows were raised outside of the Bluegrass. The Cats were still listed on the 2-line in yesterday’s Bracketology update, but Lunardi chatted with the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, and explained a little bit of his reasoning behind projecting the Cats to end up as one of the top four seeds when March Madness rolls around. He had this to say about the Cats:

“I think their best basketball is still ahead of them,” Lunardi said. “And you know what, who’s to say Kentucky doesn’t have, I don’t know, 26, 27 or 28 wins after the SEC Tournament. I think they’re going to be right there for a No. 1 seed, hence the prediction.”

Although his analysis was posted prior to UK’s loss at Georgia (Lunardi’s latest projections can be found here), Lunardi was already thinking the Cats would lose at least three road games in league play. Georgia would certainly qualify as a “quality loss” at this point.

“(Despite knocks on the SEC), it is still a solid, multi-bid league,” Lunardi said. “It may not be six or seven teams (deep), but it’s going to be four or five, I think, anyway. The winner of that league will particularly dominate the regular season and they win it by a game or two or three, which is what I think is going to happen for Kentucky. Again, that’s kind of the basis of putting UK on the short list of teams that can get a No. 1 seed two months from now.”

Leach touched on a few other topics with ESPN’s mad bracket scientist, including misconceptions about the NCAA selection process, in the interview. You can check it out in full here. It’s a good way to kill a little time before the UK-Auburn Live blog, which my crystal ball is telling me will start at some point in the future. Stay tuned and Go Big Blue.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

10 Comments for Leach talks to Lunardi, Lunardi talks Cats

  1. blue beard
    6:11 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    where can i watch the game online tonight? it’s not showing up on espn3

  2. manu1433
    6:14 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    it will be on espn 3

  3. Big D
    6:17 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink


  4. LansingCat
    6:17 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Ya know, that article was a nice read, but I call bullsh!t on how dUKe got a one seed last year. I’m not saying there was something going on, but it was bullsh!t, and everyone except dUKe fans have accepted this as FACT.

  5. BPsycho
    6:27 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #4 Not just that, they put them in the South region which was a cake walk… Cal, Purdue, Baylor……… The #1 overall had a tougher road than Duke. *Kansas* lost to Northern Iowa “uhahaahah”

  6. Jake
    6:31 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    will not be on espn3. If you dont have espnu here what i found…

  7. Jealous
    6:53 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Didnt duke beat the jersey shore kid on west virginia, that handed uk their @ss, in order to move on last year?? And Kansas has several FF’s and a NC over the last 10 yrs, what does kentucky have, 5 draft picks last year. bfd.

  8. BPsycho
    7:00 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #7 Uh oh, it’s a closet Dukie or a Jadedhawk….

  9. coach K
    9:03 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    9. and Kansas won the tournament last year?????? oh, my bad.

  10. nassau65
    9:08 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    9. APsycho—-don’t go full retard and start in on UK. Stick with picking on someone your own size-northern iowa.