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.