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Jerry Palm: The SEC could cost Kentucky a top seed


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:

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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.

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20 Comments for Jerry Palm: The SEC could cost Kentucky a top seed

  1. KSR Spy
    5:40 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    If UK wins out they will definitely be a 1 seed. Even a team like Gonzaga that has a chance to run the table won’t beat UK out for a 1 spot as their schedule is worse.

  2. catsfan27
    5:48 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    There is a potential of having 3 top 25 matchups in the SEC for us, however. Unlike years past when Florida is the only other team ranked. South Carolina is trying to help.

  3. shelby
    6:18 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Its just my opinion, but any time u mention lunardi, ur opinion loses credibility; he gets virtually everything wrong–seeds, region placement, matchups, EVERYTHING!

    • EdC
      7:02 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with you. Lunardi is a hack and if there were a bracket pickers’ tournament he would be a 6 seed ranked 22nd among his peers. Problem is that Palm is even worse. He would be a 16 seed, ranked 61st among his peers.

      They BOTH suck.

      With that said I started worrying right after the Louisville loss. I think we pretty much have to beat Kansas to have any hope for a 1 seed if it is done the traditional way. The potential good news is the whole revaluation that the committee seems to be saying they will use higher analytics this year for the first time meaning KenPom where UK is #1 and Sagarin where UK is #2.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    6:21 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    sooooo… about that. Is it better for Kentucky to win close games in the SEC so that the other teams seem better at the end of the season, or is it better for Kentucky to blow out all the opponents so their posiitve points are bigger at the end of the season? This is interesting….

  5. RedComet90
    6:28 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Best Kansas, win at Florida, and beat South Carolina at home. The committee, as incompetent as they seem to be at times, won’t deny us a top seed if we do those three things, and maybe only drop one more game.

    • BTownUKFan
      10:44 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

      Gotta beat Kansas.Can’t lose to lower level SEC teams at home.

  6. leon singleton
    6:30 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Winning on the road in the SEC is damn good.

  7. JusSayin
    7:01 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    South Carolina and Florida are both ranked right now. We could easily play both of them 2 or 3 times.

  8. Jiminy Crickets
    7:02 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Lose on road just one time and it’s a huge drop. SEC makes UK need to run table to get #1 seed. But a 30-2 UK sec ref season/tourney champs with wins over UNC, Kansas,USC and Florida may be the #1 overall seed. Lunardi is TERRIBLE at this. None of his seeds, location, or matchups ever happen. The only thing we know for sure is the SEC tourney championship game is meaningless to the committee

  9. WeareBBN
    9:04 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    The SEC hurts us more in preparation for March Madness. UNC, Loserville, dUKe, FSU, ND, UVA all get to play each other a total of 10-12 times plus some tough nonconf games. That really prepares teams for tough games and this is one reason our undefeated season ended in the Final 4. We were not as prepared as other teams, look how ND took us to the last shot. Is nice to be able to play bad and get wins, like we are right now, but it does not help us get better. Would rather have a tough conference and some losses. ND has all that and still played Nova, Purdue etc.

    • az1006
      10:21 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

      The thing is, we’re playing tough games too. When we go on the road, those teams play like top 25 teams, no matter how bad they are or how many losses they have. It just is what it is. We are more talented and it gives us a larger margin for error, but that is beneficial for a young team. We can play through mistakes, learn lessons, and still win games. We’ll be fine come tournament time…We’ve been tested plenty of times, and we will have plenty more major tests before the season ends.

    • Catsby80
      8:11 am January 19, 2017 Permalink

      wearebbn… that is such a tired argument. playing in the sec does not hurt us at all. did it hurt in 2012? what about in 2015 when they went 38-0 only to lose to the only team that could’ve beat that team that year? the acc is the best conference in the country, there’s no denying that, but there is absolutely nothing to suggest that playing in the acc makes you better for the tournament. the cream will rise to the top in march.

      food for thought, did playing in the big east hurt Villanova last year?

    • FlySoup
      9:01 am January 19, 2017 Permalink

      Catsby80- I agree with all your points, but the big East is a better basketball conference than the sec and it’s probably not close

    • Catsby80
      10:12 am January 19, 2017 Permalink

      Sure the Big East is a better conference, but my point was that Villanova still played some God-awful teams in the Big East, just as UK does in the SEC. My overall point still stands – your conference SOS has zero impact on your tourney run.

    • UK Big Board Update
      3:24 pm January 19, 2017 Permalink

      UK has EIGHT NATIONAL TITLES, all while playing in the SEC.

      Your point is moot.

  10. BTownUKFan
    10:46 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    For all the hype over the last 15 years, has Gonzaga ever made it past the elite eight?

  11. FlySoup
    11:28 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    “I find it interesting that Palm and Lunardi differ so much”… one has them as a 1 seed, the other as a 2 seed. It’s really not that different

  12. bdmnky81
    5:37 am January 19, 2017 Permalink

    Were we undefeated not to long ago going into the tourney and still didnt get even the 2nd easiest region let alone the easiest? The committee is a popularity contest that skews in favor of the ACC. I dont care about seed, I care more about region and its proximity to KY. We travel well as a fan base but being i prefer the team to spend more time prepping than traveling.

  13. KYcats11
    10:33 am January 19, 2017 Permalink

    And villinova has a real good conference definitely. He says the sec could cost us, but then his number 1 seed has a worse conference. Extremely hypocritical.