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How Kentucky can Land the Louisville Regional without a One-Seed

In the weeks leading into Selection Sunday, most of the conversation about Kentucky basketball revolves around potential NCAA Tournament seeding.  With Louisville set to host a regional, that talk has been amplified exponentially.  What once seemed an improbable destination is looking more and more possible.

There are a few different ways Kentucky can claim a spot in the Louisville Regional.  Being one of the best one-seeds would help.  We’ll discover during Saturday’s March Madness Bracket Preview Show, airing at 12:30 on CBS, if Kentucky is No. 5 (the top two-seed) or the No. 4 overall team (the West’s one-seed) in America.

Shelby Mast, USA Today’s resident Bracketologist, believes the Cats are a one-seed.  This morning on Kentucky Roll Call he explained why the Cats are currently in position to head West as a one-seed.

“The Michigan schools are solid schools, but Michigan State especially is in a bit of a slump right now.  Michigan lost a game the other night by double digits; probably shouldn’t have lost that bad,” Mast said.  “Just comparing their overall profiles, right now Kentucky is the fourth-best team.”

In his current bracket, Gonzaga is the top two-seed, set to play in the West Region with Kentucky.

Obviously, much will change between now and Selection Sunday.  Instead of playing out win-loss scenarios, Mast simply explained how Kentucky could still play in Louisville as a two-seed.

“They can end up on the two-line, and if Virginia and Duke finish one and two overall, which is very possible, whoever’s one will go East and whoever’s two will go to Louisville as the one-seed.  If Kentucky’s on the two-line ahead of Tennessee, then they would end up on the two-line in the South in Louisville.”

You could make an argument that it would be better for Kentucky to be a two-seed with a shot to play in Louisville, than a one-seed out West.  We could see that exact scenario play out over the next six Sundays.

Thirty-eight days till Selection Sunday.

Listen to the entire interview with Mast below, or Subscribe to the Kentucky Roll Call podcast with me and T.J. Walker on iTunes.  


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for How Kentucky can Land the Louisville Regional without a One-Seed

  1. smahurin
    2:10 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Sign me up to be the #1 seed in the west. Every year like clockwork the west bracket is the easiest. Because outside of Gonzaga (and occaissionally Arizona) there simply aren’t any good teams out west. So when the selection committee fills out a bracket and tries to project top 4 seed rationality the other 3 regions get filled out first. Sure the committee attempts to roughly balance the S-curve amongst the top 4 seeds, but it tends to be a secondary consideration.

    • mashburnfan1
      6:49 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      You never know how any bracket will turn out. Last year our region turned out to have the easiest path to the F4, we just could not beat a very average KState team because we were very average as well. Loyola being there proves how bad our bracket was. After 1st weekend brackets look so much different than when they came out.

  2. StuckinLville
    2:11 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Hard to believe it’s almost March madness

  3. friendsofcoal
    2:23 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    I’m good with UT as the 1 seed out west and us a 2 seed in Louisville. Doesn’t hurt my feelings at all.

  4. Headhurts
    2:24 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Slow your roll on dook, Virginia both 1 seeds, dook still has Virginia, Lou, NC twice , va tech , Syracuse on the road then acc tourney, we’ll see about that.

    • Cletis75
      2:31 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      So you’re saying dook will get the easy bracket out west?

    • 4everUKblue
      4:13 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      dUKe will get the easy bracket where ever they wind up, they always do.

  5. Han
    2:38 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    FYI, Skal was traded from Sacramento to Portland

  6. No more excuses cal
    2:42 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    If this team would have played program first instead of players first basketball in the bama and especially the seton hall game we would not need any help to get the Louisville bracket those two losses Really hurts the resume

    • Cokely53
      3:16 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Seriously? You can’t just be extremely happy with the turn around and coaching job he’s done since that point? Congrats on never being happy. Your life must be awesome

    • catsarerunnin
      3:41 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Mr Excuses would be very comfortable at a Dum Center Chicken Shack game since obviously he’s a UL Birdbrain.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:15 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Excuses is the worst kind of human to claim to be a UK fan along with some others I could name.

    5:15 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds good in theory…but I’m sure the committee will find a way to fuq us…always do.

    • mashburnfan1
      6:52 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      No, they don’t. Last year we had the easiest path to F4 and still could not make it. Committee had nothing to do with anything. All we had to beat was KState and Loyola after already winning vs 2 bad teams. Probably NEVER been an easier path to the F4 in NCAA history.

    • Skooms
      6:57 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Hey Mash….. You a season ticket holder??

  8. Rick_S
    5:37 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    The only way UK plays in Louisville is as a 1 seed..They will not punish a 1 seed by playing a 2 seed UK in Louisville

    • mapcatfan
      5:50 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Kind of what I’m afraid of, Rick. However there would be no problem putting Gonzaga as our 2 seed out west if we are the 1 seed. ?
      Not that I’m afraid of Gonzaga, but using the same logic, we shouldn’t have to play them out west.
      Unless of course the west regional final isn’t all that close to them? I do t know where it is.

  9. JTHinton
    7:12 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Give me Zaga out west any day — as a one or a two seed. Want no part of Tenn/Duke til the Final 4.