With the Sweet 16 field set, ESPN’s Myron Medcalf reseeded teams based on their performances in the first weekend of the tournament. Not surprisingly, the uncertainty surrounding PJ Washington’s status has caused Kentucky’s stock to fall, with Medcalf changing their seed from a two to a three and ranking them as the 11th best team left.
“PJ Washington’s ongoing absence due to injury is a real concern for a Kentucky squad that beat Wofford just 62-56 in the second round. It was a close game despite Terriers star Fletcher Magee’s missing all 12 of his 3-point attempts. Tyler Herro finished 2-for-11. The team’s 3-for-13 clip from the 3-point line didn’t help, either. Yet, the Wildcats, who got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Reid Travis, prevailed without their best player — and after Herro went cold — by playing great defense. Wofford entered the game ranked second in 3-point shooting but recorded a sub-30 percent mark against Kentucky. The Wildcats will advance, but we’re not sure if Washington will play in the next round. That’s why the Wildcats are ranked this low. The Wildcats without Washington still own a talented fleet, but they’re not the same imposing collective.”
I don’t think any of us can argue with that. Mecalf ranked the three other teams in the Midwest Region ahead of Kentucky: 3. North Carolina; 8. Houston; 9. Auburn. To read more, head on over to the Worldwide Leader.