The national media seems to be sleeping on the Cats, but as ESPN pointed out late last night, if history is any indication, Kentucky is the smart pick to win it all. ESPN’s Stats and Information department used a variety of criteria from the last 15 years to figure out which team best fits the profile of a tournament champion, and only one team did: your Kentucky Wildcats. Here’s how they got there:
Rule No. 1: Pick a top-3 seed
Kentucky’s a two, so check
Rule No. 2: Pick a team with a future lottery pick
Got two of those, at least
Rule No. 3: Pick a team with strong efficiency numbers
UK is #4 in adjusted efficiency
Rule No. 4: Pick a team that played a strong schedule
UK’s slate is ranked 31st in adjusted strength of schedule
Rule No. 5: Do not pick a team that lost its conference tournament opener
We won ours, so check.
Numbers don’t lie, right?