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Despite loss, Kentucky moves up to a 3-seed in latest Bracketology

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Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt may have put Kentucky’s chances of getting the 1-seed in the SEC Tournament in jeopardy, but Joe Lunardi actually moved Kentucky up from a 4-seed to a 3-seed in the latest Bracketology

Don’t get too excited, though. Lunardi has Kentucky in the Midwest Region, along with Kansas (1), Michigan State (2), Duke (4), Texas (5), Wichita State (7), and UConn (10). So, basically, the Region of Doom. Great.

Right now, Lunardi has five SEC teams in: Kentucky (3), Texas A&M (5), South Carolina (9), Vanderbilt (10), and Florida (11). The Gators are his last team in, making tomorrow night’s game in Gainesville even bigger for the Cats. Alabama’s still got a shot, listed as Lunardi’s fourth team out.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has Kentucky as a 5-seed in the Midwest Region, with Kansas as the 1-seed and Virginia as the 2-seed.

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16 Comments for Despite loss, Kentucky moves up to a 3-seed in latest Bracketology

  1. TorpedoVegas
    10:18 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    No Thank You.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    10:27 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    This is either going to be one of the wildest, funnest NCAA tourneys ever, or it is just going to suck.

  3. plumloopy
    10:29 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    I think a 3, even a 2, is totally possible (winning out for the latter). There are just so many Ls in the top 10 as it is. If we win the SEC tourny and Derek Willis is back (and looks good), the justification of “Kentucky is finally all healthy” could justify the seed.

  4. Allison
    10:42 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    Aren’t we always in the “Region of Doom”? This is the NCAA’s childish way of playing “gotcha” with Coach Cal because they can never pin any illegal behavior on him.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:57 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

      It could also be related to their habit of grouping teams together to set up rematches from famous games in the past. And since we have more such games than most, we get put in those situations often, putting us in games against a highly-motivated opponent we beat the last time we played them.

      That makes for good ratings, so I guess it makes sense that they do it. They do the same thing to most other good teams, with one obvious exception.

      Why does Duke get a pass on this sort of thing every single year?

  5. ukjaybrat
    11:06 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    We haven’t had a fully healthy team since Poythress got hurt last year. we started the season with Dom hurt, then Alex again, now Willis. If Willis comes back this week and NO ONE ELSE GETS HURT, we will be a dangerous team in the next month. This may not be reflected in the polls bc those are all about wins and losses. But the tournament committee will recognize this. especially if we perform well down the stretch

  6. DrSayre
    11:10 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    I was talking with an IU fan yesterday at church and I’m really hoping we end up in the South region with Indiana on the other side of the bracket. An Elite Eight game again IU at the Yum! Center would be really awesome.

  7. Game Changer
    11:20 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    No thank you… terrible bracket… Cal is really really tough… MSU I believe is the best team in the country ( and as much as I love Cal, Izzo is a much better coach) and Kansas is probably the second best team in the nation. Why do they always put us in the toughest bracket?

    • damage_control
      12:40 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Izzo is a “much better” coach than Cal? Makes perfect sense why you’d think that. After all, Izzo’s been to 7 Final Fours and won 1 Championship in 21 years at MSU. Cal’s been to 4 Final Fours and won 1 title in 6 years at UK.

    • damage_control
      12:51 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Izzo has about 100 less wins than Cal, a lower win % than Cal at UK, and cannot recruit like Cal. Obviously he’s so much better. I’m jealous.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:58 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Kids say the darndest things…..

  8. Sentient Third Eye
    11:22 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    I reiterate my earlier prediction that this is the year when a 16 knocks off a 1.

  9. kvltclassic
    11:54 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

    To everyone saying the NCAA always puts Kentucky in the hardest bracket (which they have a tendency to do) remember that this is not made by a guy from the NCAA and is just a prediction.

  10. Ky_Tom
    12:46 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

    OK, where have We seen these match up before…Duke, Kansas, Mich. St,. UK………….We just seen these games every year in early season match ups now for what seems like forever …………………come one Joey…change things up a bit…..Why must You always match these 4 schools up in the same bracket year after year in the NCAA

  11. Cals Hoverboard
    1:14 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

    Lunardi has the perfect Gotcha region bracket right there for us. All that is missing is Indiana and, if Louisville was eligible, they’d be in there too. I see Wichita St in there, another enticing rematch from 2 years ago. Also UConn in there from our 2 prior Championship losses to them. It’s all about the juicy matchups and nothing else.

  12. jaws2
    2:13 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

    Al I know is this: the SEC sucks and EVERY year the conference does EVERYTHING it can to get more teams in at the expense of UK. Example:

    Last week was a MUST win for Vandy to get in and it was discussed by everyone all week including game day. Winner with too many phantom fouls called? Vandy.

    This week FL is on the ‘bubble’ last team in, NEEDS a big win to get in. Guess who the scapegoat is? Yep, the Cats.

    For the SEC it’s all about the money; more teams in, more cash in. Why is it that the SEC home teams are #1 in the nation in wins in conference? The league has the worse officials in college basketball and no way the league wants Cal and the KY to rule the league. This has become way to obvious to any objective fan.

    The SEC makes me puke when it comes to basketball and for the first time in my life, I hope every team except KY goes out in the first round. The league should be embarrassed by what they’ve done for the sake of the dollar.