I know it’s really early still, but this one is very interesting.
ESPN’s Bracketology guru, Joe Lunardi, posted an update to his Early Bracketology yesterday, and he has some interesting matchups in Kentucky’s road to number nine.
According to Lunardi, the Cats would be a number one seed in the south region in next year’s tournament. To most people, that is not shocking for this team coming in. With big talent coming back plus the fresh talent coming in, Lunardi’s isn’t crazy to foresee the Cats as a No. 1 seed. Here’s a look at Lundardi’s placements in the Cats’ region.
There are three things I see that are very interesting to me from this (very early) bracket.
First on the list is another possible matchup against Abilene Christian. Good news: the player who took Nick Richards’ feet out from under him was a senior. So, there is NOT a possibility of this happening again.
— Liz Gonzales (@TheLizGonzales) March 22, 2019
I am glad he did not get hurt -I was scared he did something to that shoulder. I had a front-row view of Richards’ nasty fall, as I was sitting in the band section. Richards was obviously in pain, and I’d never heard him scream like that before.
In this scenario, the Cats might have to face off against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. This is the same team that was the National Runner-Up and came pretty close to being the National Champion just a few months ago.
Now, it would be a different team. Next year, the Red Raiders will have lost seniors such as Norense Odiase, Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens. Also, the Red Raiders would be losing Jarrett Culver to the NBA draft, as he’s being projected as a top-10 pick.
This still would be an interesting matchup, with the addition to talent coming in such as Virginia Tech grad transfer Chris Clarke. Lastly, it will be a home game for the Red Raiders in Houston. Another draw that might put the four seed in a better location than the one seed.
Three Kentucky state schools in one bracket
Okay, now for the craziest one of them all. Lunardi has not one… not two… but three Kentucky-state schools in the South Region: Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky.
First, I’m glad to see he expects the Hilltoppers to earn the bid.
However, I first laughed seeing this – Kentucky and Louisville? As the one and two seeds in the same region? This would probably never happen, but could you imagine that Elite Eight game?
For Louisville to get to H-Town, they would first have to see a possible matchup with Florida. This would be a rematch from the west regional final in 2012. I know… it is vacated but still, it’s something to think about.
Hey, I know it is early, but this is something to look at during this dead period of basketball. And beside, it’s never too early to think about March.
What do you think about the draw Joe Lunardi has given the Cats?
To see Lunardi’s full (early) bracketology, click here.