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A Potential Path to the Final Four for the Cats Features Only Double-Digit Seeds

As improbable as it may have seemed after an initial glance at the South Region, it is now possible that UK could only face double-digit seeded teams all the way to the Final Four.

The Cats have already taken care of business with Davidson and Buffalo, who were 12 and 13 seeds, respectively. The next step in this scenario would see this year’s biggest Cinderella story, the UMBC Retrievers, pull off another big upset over Kansas St. tonight at 7:45. While many would scoff at the idea of the kids from Baltimore County making it to the Sweet Sixteen, I prefer the mentality that if they can beat the number 1 overall seed in the tournament, they can certainly compete with the 9-seed Wildcats.

If this were to happen, the March 22 showdown in Atlanta would feature the ultimate underdog Retrievers taking on the gatekeepers of the Big Dance in UK. That sounds pretty cool.

Loyola-Chicago also locked up a spot in Atlanta yesterday when they took down Tennessee on an absolute miracle of a shot. The 11-seed Ramblers await the outcome of today’s Nevada/Cincinnati game at 6:10. If all goes well for both teams, it could be Kentucky vs. Loyola-Chicago this Saturday… in the Elite Eight.

If all of the remaining chips fall into place, the Cats’ path to the Final Four would see them defeat a 12, a 13, a 16, and an 11 seed. March is insane, folks.

Can Kentucky emerge unscathed from the Cinderella South? We’ll have to wait and see.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

10 Comments for A Potential Path to the Final Four for the Cats Features Only Double-Digit Seeds

  1. syrin23
    2:27 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    UK is making my bracket look like pure genius. Picked them to win it all because of their elite level of defense the second half of the season, and I still see it happening. We need Duke to lose since they are the only team left with comparable talent.

  2. Swizzle
    2:32 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    It’s about time, usually get the cavs,Lakers, Celtics and gsw . Screw the ncaa

  3. RealCatsFan
    2:33 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Meanwhile the evil selection committee is seething in anger at the thought of their evil plot against the Cats being foiled.

    • syrin23
      2:46 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. Before the tourney started, most “experts’ Were calling this bracket murderer’s row.

  4. Han
    2:51 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    I am a fan of this scenario.

  5. TheNewOriginal
    3:08 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    An alternate view. My gawd, UK is in a bracket so difficult that the number 16 seed beat the #1 overall seed by 20 points. It’s even worse, much worse than we initially projected.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:39 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      Good point; and, don’t forget the No 13 beat No. 4 by 21, and No. 11 beat No. 6 and No. 3.

  6. trumpetguy
    3:41 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    This just gives the haters more ammo/criticism to spew our way. News alert: Don’t blame Cal/UK because those high seeded teams spit the bit in their first two games. We would have played both Zona and Va., but oops, they lost. Sportscasters might want to remember this is not a best-of-seven series here. Win or go home is exactly that!

    • Han
      3:52 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      Also, North Carolina brags about beating Duke twice. Well, both of them lost to Virginia, and Virginia got spanked by the 16 seed in our bracket. So is Virginia crap (and thus UNC and Duke crap for losing to them), or is our 16 really, really good to beat the great Virginia?

    • Mathlete
      6:36 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      It’s all about matchups, UMBC took a lesson from the Spanish Armada getting their asses handed to them by a swift, agile British navy and played basically the same way against big, bad (and slow) Virginia