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Bracketology: ESPN puts Kentucky in the bracket of death

Friends, I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the good: in one week, no more Bracketology! Unfortunately, Joe Lunardi’s latest projections are far from ideal for your Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky’s loss to Florida cost them a seed-line in Lunardi’s latest bracket. In his mind, the Cats will be a 6-seed playing the winner of 11-seed Texas or USC in Nashville, setting up a second round game with 3-seed Michigan State. If seeds win out, they would then face North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen and Kansas in the Elite Eight. Also in the West Region? Four-seed Arizona. Ugh.

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm didn’t penalize Kentucky for their loss to Florida, setting up a second round game with Charles Matthews and Michigan:

Bracket W.A.G.’s Shelby Mast also has Kentucky as a five seed playing in the South Region:

Considering Kentucky was a five-point underdog at Florida, I’m not sure why Lunardi dropped them a seed-line, but hopefully a good performance in the SEC Tournament will keep them out of the bracket of death.


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21 Comments for Bracketology: ESPN puts Kentucky in the bracket of death

  1. Bill3
    9:47 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    I’m afraid any bracket would be the “Bracket of Death” if we regress – aren’t able to guard anyone, can’t pass, don’t move without the ball, etc. If we improve on our better games, then it will be interesting.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      11:38 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

      True Bill. They arent good could lose to anyone.

    • rockatao
      11:54 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

      Looks like eight teams in that bracket that UK probably cannot beat. But Bill3 is right, any bracket will be the same.

  2. KYJelly
    9:49 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    No bracket is the bracket of death this year. Kansas and UNC have both been vulnerable and not looked like world-beaters.

  3. CB3UK
    9:51 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Other than our seed line why does anyone care about this stuff. These won’t be the matchups come Selection Sunday so why hem and haw about it? Completely pointless. Lunardi has a weatherman gig essentially.

    • nybrasky
      11:27 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

      Get out of here with your common sense! There’s no room for that in internet comments sections.

  4. JMFATZ47
    9:55 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    who cares? If we play like we did on Saturday (and MANY other games), it doesn’t matter who they put us against. Unfortunately, we have no idea which team will show up. Seeding is meaningless. Hypothetically, it IS a joke that we got dropped from a 5 seed to a 6 for losing on the road at Florida

    • justmyopinion
      10:23 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t feel it’s the loss – I think it’s how bad the loss was. I feel a 6 seed for this team is quite generous.

  5. meeksfor3
    9:56 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Is Lunardi even trying to hide his bias now? UK loses to UF on the road and drops a spot. Meanwhile UNC is 6-5 in their last 11 and lost 2 last week and he still has them as a 2 seed? A 9 loss 2 seed who is a 6 seed in their own tournament!!! He is either just a clown or trolling.

  6. Emerson Biggins
    9:58 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    UNC is a 6 seed in the ACC, and gets a 2 seed in front of Mich st?

  7. SoCalCat
    10:13 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t imagine this team getting past rounds 1 or 2. This year is a perfect example of the truly one and done era and it’s downside. Unless Cal can break his slump on recruiting the top talent, we’re a couple years away from consistency or his retirement.

  8. Catsby80
    10:27 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    having Kansas, MSU, UNC, UK and Arizona all in the same bracket? I can’t imagine the committee only allowing 1 of those 5 teams a shot at getting to the final four. NCAA is in the business of making money. Those are 5 of the top 10 fan bases in the country, which would cut into their bottom line for the final 4. Don’t see this happening.

    • rockatao
      11:56 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

      Catsby, the Final Four has been sold out for a year. The NCAA already has its money, doesn’t matter who makes it to the FF.

    • Catsby80
      1:19 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

      not just about ticket revenue… think about tv revenue – that’s where the big dollars are. if the final four is virginia, xavier, purdue, and say arizona, viewership is going to be much lower. however, if the final four were uk, unc, duke, and michigan state, viewership would be much greater… don’t be naive and act like the ncaa and cbs aren’t in cahoots with each other.

  9. Swizzle
    10:30 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    No way they send UNC, mst and Kansas to the west region. That’s always the cake region

  10. makeitstop
    10:46 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Bracket of death?? Because they’re blue blood schools? That’s the easiest bracket we could be in. Kansas just got destroyed but OSU and how they remain a one seed is a mystery. UNC will likely have 10 losses! Including home to Wofford, the 126th best team in America. Please put me in a region with those two “top” seeds. To have a prayer, that’s what it will take.

  11. TJY
    10:55 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Why is anyone worrying about our seed? Since Cal arrived at UK, 2-8 seed, they always give us a tough road. There will always be at least one Final Four team from the previous year in there and some team that hates UK like Wichita St or UofL. Some recruit that almost went to UK but didn’t, like Texas or Ok this year. The only thing you know won’t happen is Duke will not be in our bracket because then it would be unfair to Duke. Bring on all the teams. You show me a team that has as much length as UK. You show me a team that still has so much room to get better. You show me a team with players that have more to prove. I’ll take this team and let the pieces fall where they may. It’s March…GO CATS!

  12. JD
    11:29 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    There will not be a bracket of death this year. No one is great. And anyone can beat anyone this year.

  13. bradallen1
    11:39 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Do you know what is missing from all 3 projections? Louisville!!!! Lol

  14. jboy3403
    12:33 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Does it really matter what bracket we get in? Lunardi is a joke anyway, who actually cares where he has anyone placed? If we don’t come ready to play, we will go out in game one. I hope I’m wrong about this team, but they just look like a first round flop ready to happen.

  15. TB112162
    5:52 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

    Palm and Lunardi both missed badly last year I think I will wait till 6:00 Sunday and go from there