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Lunardi still projects Cats as #5

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ESPN’s Joe Lunardi dished out his final February installment of Bracketology this morning and it didn’t provide a lot of hypothetical movement for the Cats, who landed as a five-seed once again.  However, it did provide a little bit of hypothetical intrigue as Lunardi’s 1-4 seeds in the region seem to be close to as favorable as it might get for a fifth-seeded team in a neutral environment.  The top goes BYU, Notre Dame, North Carolina and St. John’s – a quartet that is certainly qualified, but not exactly intimidating.  If it’s the end of the year and the Cats get this draw, you’d have to be pleased.  Oh yeah, they also hypothetically face Lexington’s son, Shelvin Mack, and his Butler team in the first round.

Here is where UK’s other opponents this season landed:

4 – Florida
4 – UConn
4 – Louisville
5 – Vanderbilt
9 – Tennessee
11 – Georgia

Full Bracketology

Article written by Thomas Beisner

51 Comments for Lunardi still projects Cats as #5



  1. roy
    2:32 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    again?



  2. Cory Brandt
    2:34 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is definately a favorable bracket for the cats. Hello Final Four if this happens, but we all know the NCAA is never favorable to us.



  3. truBLU
    2:37 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    In that bracket I would take (13) Charleston over (4) Gaytors FTW



  4. UK1990
    2:38 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Love the bracket, you missed Alabama as an 11



  5. ul cheerleader becca mann
    2:42 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll take it…. lol….



  6. Jason
    2:42 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    They would never make Duke as a 2 seed play the toughest 1 seed (Ohio State). Would NEVER happen. Clean it up Lundardi.



  7. Pedigo
    2:44 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Give me that bracket all day long!



  8. LousvilleSucks
    2:44 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I would take this bracket in a minute. Toughest match up in ND and we already beat them once. This looks like a draw the Dukies would get if they were in our shoes. When the real draw comes down I expect it to be much tougher.



  9. Franktown
    2:44 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Bring it on…. St Johns would be a tough match up though being a veteran team… imo….



  10. Burlington_UK_fan
    2:45 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t like the matchup with St. Johns



  11. bigcat76
    2:47 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Lovin’ it, even if it is in Anaheim.



  12. Matt
    2:47 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Final Four!!!!!!!!



  13. The Fan
    2:47 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Michigan st? How the hell they get in? lol



  14. joe
    2:50 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    St Johns is tough but I like the rest



  15. Don
    2:52 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to see Liggins v Fredette…mmmmmmmmm

    St Johns would be a very tough game.



  16. UK_Football_Fan
    2:53 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Even though I think we’ll eventually win the SEC and end up a 4, I’d take that regional and the 5 seed that goes along with it right now.



  17. Kevin Bacon's Dancemoves
    2:54 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    St. Johns is the HOTTEST team in the country. That will be like the West Virginia of last year. Hope it pans out this way though because they did have us in a bracket with Duke, Kansas and Wisconsin.



  18. WKyPT
    2:55 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I would take that bracket in a heartbeat!



  19. UKfanNKY
    2:57 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    St. Johns would kill us right now. GO CATS!!!!



  20. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    3:00 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Nope. Don’t like the St Johns matchup. The problem with a second round matchup is that if we moved to a 4 seed, St Johns would likely be the 5 seed–thus changing nothing.



  21. girlwildcatfan
    3:01 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t like this bracket—why would they put against three teams we have already played this year????? Possibly 4 teams?? Go Cats!!



  22. Mr Schwump
    3:06 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Headscratcher a terribly Tn team is still in consideration.



  23. Bundy
    3:06 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Very favorable. The toughfest matchups are UNC with their inside game, and St. John’s with there defense and board crashing. Both teams we can beat though…

    15- I second the Deandre/Jimmer matchup. I think Deandre would do well against him because he works with the ball in his hands, as opposed to someone who constantly runs off of mutiple screens ala Rotnei Clark.



  24. BYU
    3:09 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Weakest #1 seed in the history of #1 seeds.



  25. Jonah Hex
    3:10 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Well if we win out (big If I know)we wont just move to a 4th and then plat St.Johns as a 5th. We would have a higher seed than UF for sure meaning we would probably switch brackets all together.



  26. BCO
    3:11 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Lunardi…MAKE THIS BRACKET HAPPEN!



  27. mocha
    3:12 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I live in San Diego and would absolutely get tix to the Anaheim games if UK made it that far….can’t wait.



  28. Bundy
    3:17 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why are we never close to home, yet UNC and Duke plays in their backyard every year?…



  29. StuckNJayhawkLand
    3:32 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Cake. Walk. Gladly be in the BYU bracket. The #1 seed is BYU and the #2 is a team we beat easily. Are you sure this isn’t Duke’s bracket.



  30. Bigbluecalizone
    3:35 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    #6 is exactly right. No way it plays out like this. Duke will get a cake walk if at all possible. Although this year, I don’t think there is such a thing. Any of the top teams could go down early(that’s what she said)and a mid to lower pack team could roll. Love this time of year.



  31. sunnycat
    3:36 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I do not like the St Johns matchup. Steve Lavin has those guys playing some ball.



  32. Basketball Gods
    3:39 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    We’re watching and loving this bracket. If this were to happen, we’d be smiling…



  33. JB is my Holmesboy
    3:43 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I guess that would make me the one person who doesn’t think St. Johns would make it out of the first round.



  34. Al's IndiCats
    3:46 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    28 They always let Puke and Tarheads play close to home. FREAKIN’ ALWAYS. Thats why I hare both of them. I’d be shocked if the selection committee didn’t give Puke another cake walk to the final dance



  35. The Dykster
    3:46 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Love the potential 3rd round game, don’t like the potential 2nd.



  36. RonH
    3:48 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Stop the Reg. season Now and take that Bracket.



  37. UK Wildcat
    3:56 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I guess I just imagined UK playing Notre Dame (2 Seed), Washington (9 seed), and Alabama (11 Seed). Get it right, Beisner. We’re 7-6 against NCAA Tournament teams in this bracket.



  38. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    4:06 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    oh- please let this be our actual bracket!!!



  39. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    4:08 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    St. John’s wouldn’t beat us! We wouldn’t be playin @ MSG..



  40. Al's IndiCats
    4:25 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I think the St.John’s match up would be a GREAT game. That way we could say we beat 3 out of 4 Big (L)east teams we’ve played this year.



  41. JEREMY
    4:26 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Does duke play in Charlotte every year! I mean come on….
    They put them there every freakn year!



  42. Big Blue Swagger
    5:01 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m just wondering how the Sparties moved up a seed after the beatdown they took at home vs Purdue yesterday….



  43. thisnicknamestinks!
    5:50 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’d say lets’ kicks some BYU arse… giddy-up



  44. JortsMania
    6:31 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    I could definitely see us getting to the Final Four if the bracket played out like this.



  45. BracketCat
    6:39 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Lunardi has the Men #5
    Creme has the Women #4
    good year for both to advance! Way to go Cats!



  46. Viren
    7:56 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    #41 It is in the NCAA Seeding Handbook thou shalt not send Duke and/or North Carolina out of the state until they reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. I looked it up since 2006 between the two schools they have played combined 19 NCAA Tournament games in either Greensboro, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, or Raleigh. In 2008 North Carolina did not leave the state until Final Four games. NCAA games are suppose to be played on a neutral site and these sites clearly gives a huge advantage to this two schools because upsets usually happens in the first and the second round. When I posed this question on the meassage boards some said, NCAA committee do this to sell tickets. I mean can you imagine the amount of money NCAA would make if they would keep Kentucky in either Louisville, Cincinnati, or Indianapolis. Anyway I just do not understand why they can’t pick sites in either South Carolina or Virginia so these two schools do not get a clear parth to Sweet Sixteen EVERY FREAKIN YEAR!!!!



  47. marty janetti
    10:51 pm February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Its funny that as soon as unc left the state they got throttled by Kansas in the Final Four. I’ll take this bracket anyday. Lundari always gets the right teams in but he has regions and seedings way off. NO WAY BYU GETS A 1 SEED! Just like Butler, Xavier, and Gonzaga are always ranked in the top 15 with a top 15 rpi and get a 12 seed. Butler was a 4 or 5 and still made it to the final game.



  48. i.b.poe
    12:18 am March 1, 2011 Permalink

    #34. Its not always a cake walk for puke to the final game. If we hadn’t have blown it last year, they’d have had to play us first. Unless we were part of the cake walk? That said, yeah, they usually keep their regional bracket pretty suspect



  49. JohnnyD
    1:31 am March 1, 2011 Permalink

    YOU do realize that UK has also played Notre Dame and Washington this season right…?

    Why aren’t they listed in the UK’s other opponents section??



  50. bluesince66
    8:36 am March 1, 2011 Permalink

    I can see where he might be close on seedings of individual teams, but to put out entire brackets and matchups is a waste of time. Guess they have to pay him for something.



  51. bracketbuster
    8:51 am March 1, 2011 Permalink

    As a Butler alum and rabid Cat fan, this would be worst case scenario. Please, anything but that. Now if that were a final game matchup, then it’s best case scenario. Go Cats! Go Bulldogs!