Just a little bit ago, I shared some stats with you that show the Southeastern Conference is only the fifth best conference in college basketball, which isn’t surprising if you’ve watched a lot of league basketball this year. CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm updated his list of the top 10 NCAA Tournament resumes this morning and ranks Kentucky’s seventh, arguing that the SEC may cost Kentucky a top seed because even if the Cats win out, there aren’t enough quality wins in the league to keep their resume at the top of the stack.
“Kentucky is in the same position as Oregon in the sense that it may be hard to hold this spot even by continuing to win. The SEC provides even fewer opportunities for quality wins than the Pac-12. Notre Dame is already nipping at the Wildcats’ heels. UK has one other win over a team in the current bracket (Michigan State) and six other top 100 wins. It is their overall strength of schedule, which is seventh, that has the Wildcats holding this spot for now.”
In his latest bracketology (released Monday), Palm has Kentucky as the 2-seed in the East Region, whose number one seed is Villanova. Meanwhile, over at ESPN, Joe Lunardi continues to think more of Kentucky’s resume, keeping them the number one seed in the South Region:
I find it interesting that Palm and Lunardi differ so much on Kentucky’s seed. In fact, I think the perfect way to settle it is a cage match on Selection Sunday. Anything has to be better than last year’s coverage, right?
Regardless, I think we can all agree that when it comes to Kentucky’s chances of getting a number one seed, unfortunately, the SEC can only hurt, not help, the Cats.