Joe Lundari has zero chill when it comes to NCAA tournament projections. March Madness’ biggest savage released his first Bracketology of the 2016-17 season today and we shouldn’t pay any attention to it, but here we are, doing just that because we’re addicts.
In Lunardi’s first way-too-early bracket, he has Kentucky as the No. 1 seed in the South region, playing opening round games in nearby Indianapolis. Two familiar foes in Indiana and West Virginia would likely await in the Sweet Sixteen, assuming the Cats run through Lehigh and then either Maryland or Marcus Lee’s California Bears in the first two rounds. No. 2 North Carolina or No. 3 Xavier are two probable Elite Eight opponents for a spot in the Final Four.
Lundari’s other top seeds in the tournament? Duke, Kansas and Oregon.