It’s still too early for Bracketology, but that’s not stopping Joe Lunardi from giving his predictions on who will end up where in the NCAA Tournament a good three months before it happens. Last week, Kentucky was the 1-seed in the South Region, but the loss to UCLA dropped them a line to a 2-seed in the East Region, playing the 15-seed Fort Wayne Hoosier Killers in the opening round in Indianapolis:
Of course, this bracket is meaningless, but you can you imagine a Sweet 16 showdown with Louisville? And of course West Virginia’s in there.
However meaningless, bracketology is an important reminder of the impact the loss to UCLA could have. Yes, the Bruins are also listed as a two-seed, but the loss happened at Rupp, which could damage Kentucky’s resume, especially if they lose to North Carolina and Louisville. Drop one of those two and I think Kentucky’s chances of getting the 1-seed are still good, but drop both and they’ll have to make a nearly flawless run in the SEC to be one of the top four teams in the tournament. That’s the thing about the SEC…wins don’t get you much because the competition is weak, but losses kill you.
So, let’s beat North Carolina AND Louisville, okay?