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Pros and Cons of Releasing the Early Top 16 Seeds

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Happy Sunday friends! Here in Lexington it’s 64 degrees today, and I love it (currently writing this with my windows open). This weather, along with the release of the top 16 seeds yesterday, have me longing for Spring and more specifically, March.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably already read a bunch of tweets and articles about the seeding and you’re thinking, “ugh not another one of these.” But trust me, I’m not Joe Lunardi. I’m not here to break all the teams down. I’m just here to give some simple pros and cons of releasing these seeds.

Pros

  • Transparency – just like Coach Cal said the other day “there’s no smoke filled rooms.” Selection Sunday can come as a shock to Kentucky considering sometimes we feel like our seeding is unfair.
  • BBN can RELAX – after every one of our losses, I hear fans say, “we’re only gonna be an 8 (or any other low number) seed now.” Guy, despite our losses and flaws we are a THREE right now. Ya’ll can all take some deep breaths and listen to EJ Floreal and relax.
  • Preparation – seeing our possible competition gives Cal and the team a rough idea about what to prepare for competition wise.

Cons

  • Looking ahead too much – when I first saw that Louisville was in our region, I was fearful. Knowing which teams we could possibly play can result in us losing trap games later in the season.
  • Showing how far we can fall – there’s not much room for us to move up when powerhouses like Gonzaga, Oregon and Villanova at the top but there’s a lot of room to fall. What if we lose to UGA later in the season? Or Tennessee again this Tuesday?
  • Excitement of Selection Sunday is gone – I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE Selection Sunday. Yes, it’s long and yes the same four talking points are discussed to death but, in my house Selection Sunday is like Christmas Eve. We gather around the TV with our beer and queso, watch the brackets get filled in and then print out ten of our own and get to work filling them out.

All in all, I think the release of the seeds is a great idea. Women’s basketball does it, and it’s about time the Men got on board.

Article written by Savannah Patton

My first words were Go Big Blue. Follow me on twitter:@savannahpattKSR