Kentucky’s win over Alabama not only got them back on the winning path, it also may have improved their tournament resume. Joe Lunardi bumped Kentucky from an eight seed to a six seed in his latest Bracketology, playing first and second round games in Nashville:
Lunardi has eight SEC teams in right now:
- Auburn (2)
- Tennessee (4)
- Florida (6)
- Kentucky (6)
- Texas A&M (6)
- Alabama (7)
- Missouri (7)
- Arkansas (10)
Arkansas is 25th in the RPI right now, meaning a Quadrant 1 win is on the line tomorrow night in Fayetteville. Quadrant 1 games are defined as home games vs. teams with an RPI of 1-30, neutral site games vs. opponents with an RPI of 1-50, and away games vs. opponents with an RPI of 1-75. Kentucky is 3-7 in Quadrant 1 games thus far (wins over Texas A&M, West Virginia, and LSU), so a win over Arkansas would be big for the resume.
Here’s Kentucky’s current team sheet from the NCAA:
The opportunity is there; will the Cats take it?