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Well, this would be fun…

Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology is out, and he’s either desperate for clicks on ESPN.com or he wants Kentucky fans to have a lot of fun in A-Town. Lunardi has Kentucky, Murray State, and Louisville playing in the South region bracket in Atlanta. Better yet, he predicts the Racers and Cardinals playing in the first round in the 7/10 game.

Another trip to Atlanta sounds fun.

Can we make this happen?

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

50 Comments for Well, this would be fun…



  1. Laker Cat 18
    1:33 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Unless the Cards are an 8 or 9. That would be interesting.



  2. REAL BLY
    1:35 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wasn’t it brought up the other day?? That they want KY schools out as fast as possible by putting them all in the same bracket???



  3. G
    1:37 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    My biggest fear is playing an underachieving AND talented (which eliminates UofL) team early on like UCONN or Vandy in case they figure it out. Lamb, Napier, Drummond, Oriakhi.



  4. bg
    1:39 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Nightmare scenario for a Murray State alum/lifelong UK fan like myself and a lot of other MSU alumni. Really hoping Murray lands on the opposite side of the bracket from UK.



  5. AcworthGACatFan
    1:40 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t worry, UL will not even make it into the tournament!!! They will still finsih sub .500 in the Big East



  6. Nathan
    1:41 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    3, we went through that John Wall’s year with Texas as our 8 seed….they lost to Wake Forest. You have to remember, there’s a reason they’re in these seed lines..



  7. hoop33
    1:41 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hard to believe Murray would be a 7 right now. I realize they don’t play the schedule everyone else does, but they are the only undefeated team left in the country and are ranked #9 in the country. If that holds true through the regular season and conference tourney, they will most likely move up a couple spots. And as far as I know, no top 10 team has ever been seeded that low. On another note, a sweet 16 matchup w/ what was a preseason top 5 uconn team? Don’t like that at all. If not for Wake Forest, the Wall team would’ve played an 8 seeded Texas team that was ranked the #1 team in the country about a month earlier. Hopefully Lunardi’s projections aren’t this accurate because I’m tired of the selection committee trying to force UK to play the toughest road to the title. Last year they gave KU a cake walk to the final 4 but VCU crashed that party.



  8. Andy
    1:42 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry for saying you were wrong on that Jordan Crawford stat. In reality my source was wrong and I apoologize. I’m no hater, I love KSR



  9. Go Cats
    1:42 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    There are no easy games after the first round.
    signed,

    ’03 UK team



  10. Al's IndiCats
    2:35 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t like Purdue in our braket, may take away seats at the Yum Dum if that happens!



  11. Siddartha
    2:44 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    We owe UConnvict, Michigan and Georgetown for past tournaments- I wouldn’t mind some vengeance.



  12. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    2:44 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Even if UL gets an 8/9 seed – I dont think that the selection committee likes to pair two teams that have played against each other in the regular season – at least not in the early rounds.



  13. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    2:45 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    There are two teams I would prefer not to face until the title game—Cuse and Baylor. Cuse matches up well and will play physical (not to mention the zone) and Baylor is very talented and of equal size at many positions.



  14. T.J.
    2:46 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’m curious how Murray State is only a 7. Aren’t they like #10 in the country?



  15. Tomas
    2:46 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    That is disrepectful to Murray State. They are a top 10 team and he gives them a 7 seed? And I would have to agree about not playing UConn. Without Boatright they aren’t near as good as ESPN would have you believe. But UK’s luck he will be ruled eligible right after the Big East tournament. I also want to stay away from Baylor. They have the perfect team to beat us.



  16. 96 Cats
    2:47 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Out of all the teams in this bracket, I would not want to play Michigan in the Sweet 16.  John Beilein is a very underrated coach who gets the most out of the talent he has.  The unconventional 1-3-1 zone can be very confusing to teams who struggle to hit jump shots.  This team is very dangerous armed with a bunch of white boys who can stroke the 3 and their guard play is also very good with Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke.  I see us cutting down the nets this year, but I do not want to face Michigan in the Sweet 16.  Go Cats!
     



  17. ThankfulCat
    2:48 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I want Duke as a 2 seed in our bracket.

    UK 78
    Duke 58



  18. cats11
    2:49 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    No, this would not be fun. Although the chances are slim, can you imagine losing to Louisville in March. Hell. Pure Hell.



  19. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    2:56 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    #18–why be afraid of UofHell in March? At the pace they are on, they will have 5 healthy people at that time.



  20. Guck Foodman.
    2:56 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    UL making the NCAA tourney, hilarious.



  21. catcrawler
    2:57 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    #3, same here. I’m afraid of Uconn- they definitely outmuscle us on the interior.



  22. cdc_uky
    2:58 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    If this happened, Louisville will be out in the first round again. This is not going to happen though because Louisville is NIT bound unless they turn things around. Their win against a bad Pitt team was a must and we will see from there.



  23. Boogie
    3:09 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they stay in the midwest bracket and play in louisville and st louis



  24. Uh...What?
    3:09 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    #16–Michigan just lost to Arkansas, and we know what UK did to Arkansas. As a fan of UK, I’m not afraid of ANYONE this year.



  25. pete
    3:20 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I really don’t see Louisville making the tournament. Also, I think Murray can pull a 5 seed, they will go undefeated.



  26. BigBlueFan31
    3:25 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with 24. This team is a lot better than it looks in games. I think the reason people, including our own fans, are having so much trouble is because there are 5-6 guys putting up solid #’s as opposed to being led by 2-3 players. The defense is where our bread and butter is. I am not afraid of anyone because we can clamp down on anyone. We’re a lucky buzzer beater of joining Murray as the only undefeated teams. I’d like to see some more confidence!!



  27. BigBlueFan31
    3:26 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    buzzer beater away***



  28. CatsfanNLville
    3:29 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I too was worried about Baylor until I watched Missouri just carve away Baylor’s lazy zone. Dont get me wrong that four guard line up of Missouri’s would give anyone fits (they are scary good and will be tough in the tourney) BUT Baylor was at home and their D was awful. Missouri did lay up drills all day on them, Davis would have 30 points by half against Baylor. Baylor has the offensive skill set to compete with us but our D would shut them down. Missouri and Syracuse are the two teams that “worry” me at this point. IMHO



  29. Sammydog
    3:30 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    We shouldn’t be afraid of anybody. Winning the NCAA is about 50% luck. Cal isn’t afraid to play anybody and we shouldn’t either. Each game, you lace ’em up, hit the court, play HARD, and hope for fair officiating regardless of the opponent. Whoever it is, bring it on. The best team on that day usually wins. I don’t see Kidd-Gilcrest or Darius letting us loose a close game. I haven’t seen fear in this team yet. Yes we will loose an SEC game or two on the road but that will only help us in the tourney.



  30. sunnycat
    3:37 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    26 and 29 I agree



  31. youknow
    3:40 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Murray will be higher than 7 and UL will be lower than 10 if they make it at all. They could be a 10 in the NIT?



  32. Blueburg
    3:58 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I guarantee you they will put us in the same region with whatever teams they feel(2 seeds right on down) that cause us the worst matchups.



  33. Viren
    4:08 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Committee loves to stick UConn in our bracket just for the heck of it don’t they?



  34. Kidnut
    4:09 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Murray will be lucky to make to the 2nd weekend of the tourney.



  35. the anti-cat
    4:12 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    All I see is another loss to Uconn.



  36. gameday
    4:32 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Joe Lundari is not as accurate with his brackets at ESPN would like you to believe. However, if this were to hold true I think Syracuse has the toughest bracket. Also, I think I would prefer UK in the South region rather than the Midwest. I would take the first games in Louisville and a trip to Catlanta over Omaha and St Louis.



  37. gasman
    4:42 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    For those of you commenting on Murray St and being a 7 seed with a top 10 ranking: keep in mind that seeding in the NCAA tournament is based on RPI, not rankings. Murray St is currently 33 in the RPI. See: http://realtimerpi.com/rpi_Men.html



  38. RYNO
    4:44 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Check all of Lunardi’s brackets. I’d bet anything that UK & UofL are in the same region in at least 90% of them. That’s fine with me, but why does he have such a hard-on to see that match-up again? We all know Marquette will be in our region anyway.



  39. bigabes4uk
    4:45 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well I would not be happy with this draw- are you kidding me? Gtown, Michigan, Uconn, Baylor- all teams capable of beating us!! This would be a terrible draw!



  40. RYNO
    4:49 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    39) Any team in the NCAA tournament (16 seeds excluded) are “capable” of beating “us”. That’s why it’s the NCAA Tournament. None of those teams are really great. Baylor probably matches up the best, but I’m not scared. Why are you?



  41. RealCatsFan
    4:51 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Although the possibility of UL losing to Murray St (after losing to Morehead St last year) would provide infinite comic relief, I would be a little bit pissed with this bracket simply because it puts all of the state teams in the same bracket, instead of giving them a reasonable chance to advance further.

    I’m not so much worried about matchups, because once you reach the Big Dance it all goes out the window, IMO. Anyone can beat anyone, for the most part, and it’s hard to predict what will happen in those first two rounds – that’s why they call it Madness, after all.

    I will say this: if UK holds onto a #1 seed throughout the year, and they are not playing their first round game in Louisville, after all those years that Duke and Carolina played in their own state’s borders, you can guarantee that the selection committee better call in the riot protection against the onslaught of angry UK fans who will besiege them.



  42. BigBlueFan31
    4:58 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    If you think this bracket is “tough” I would venure to guess you don’t watch much basketball or you just want to whine? Would you like some cheese with that? There is no Syracuse, no Ohio State, No UNC…I will take that. Last year, we lost 6-7 games in a weak SEC. We deserved a tough bracket. A one seed, in this bracket, I am confident!!



  43. CaliUKFan
    5:30 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    #10 As a Purdue alum I assert whole heartedly that they don’t travel. We’ll dominate attendance in Louisville and only IU may bring a plethora of fans.



  44. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    5:51 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Afraid? Are you guys high. We have the most talented team in America. Stop using words like “afraid” and “worried”. Start using words like “beat down” and “crushed” cause that’s what’s up. Turn ya damn speakers down! Trying to sleep round here!



  45. Kyle Augustine
    6:34 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    no this is awful. first of all having 3 teams from the state of kentucky in one bracket, and 2 of them playing each other in the first round is just a terrible idea. Kentucky has had 3 teams in the top ten this season, forcing them to eliminate themselves doesn’t do justice to the state of Kentucky. Also, Baylor at the 2 scares the heck out of me. I’ve said Baylor is a final four team since before practices started, and they are definitely a team i dont want to play in March. I think Baylor will end up being a 1 seed, and hopefully on the other side of our bracket. I would rather play Syracuse or Ohio State than Baylor. They match up with us so perfectly, and in the post I would give them the advantage. They run a very similar offense to us, and honestly i think they run it better. Guys, we do not want to play Baylor.



  46. Charles_Barkley
    6:40 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    That would be a pretty tough bracket and far from a cake walk, how can I forget that UNC would get the cake walk.



  47. Alongcame Jones
    7:39 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    If the Cats are the #1 seed at the KFC YUM! Center, they can’t play the cards before the 3rd game, no matter what their seed is. Do You think the Cards can make the Sweet Sixteen?



  48. jcatron
    8:44 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Murray St. will be a 4 or 5 seed and more than likely end up undefeated. If they lose in the OVC tourney I still think they will be a 6.



  49. UK Law
    9:05 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Why is everyone convinced Kentucky will drop two on the road this year? We’re superior to every team in the SEC. Yes, Florida and Vanderbilt have shown sings of potential, but on any given night, UK is the better team. I’m sure both games will be tough, but who’s to say we don’t sweep it. Yes, might lose. In fact, it may be relatively likely we drop one or the other. But, why all the fans are convinced it will happen I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s that Matt Jones is saying it will happen. But remember, if he’s right, everyone thinks he’s a genius. If he’s wrong, no one cares or remembers because they’re just happy we won. I appreciate the man, his efforts, and the information and entertainment he provides, but we don’t all have to agree with him. Remember how he said there was no way we beat UNC this year? Personally, I think we run the SEC. Anyone else on board?



  50. HarHarHar
    10:34 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Only team that would scare me before the title game is Missouri