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Kentucky is a 4 seed in the latest Bracketology

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Joe “No Days Off” Lunardi is approaching that time of the year when we actually care about his Bracketology, and he updated it again today for the first time 2014.

Kentucky finds itself as a 4 seed in Lunardi’s latest projections with an opening round game against Maryland in San Diego in the South Region. The Cats would meet the Colorado/New Mexico State winner in the next round before a likely Elite Eight matchup with Wisconsin, the region’s top seed.

I don’t love Oklahoma State as the 2 seed in UK’s projected region, but I’m all for a trip to San Diego and Wisconsin being the team to beat.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

30 Comments for Kentucky is a 4 seed in the latest Bracketology



  1. Sean
    2:20 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    that’s a way easier run the the championship run. I’ll take it.



  2. CPKIII
    2:26 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Another post with other Colleges mentioned. Come on guys this is a Kentucky site.

    And yes I like that draw. Just bump UK to a 2 see in that bracket and the Cats would be golden.



  3. Zac
    2:28 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    I feel like this team is definitely going to mirror the 2010/2011 UK Basketball Team (Brandon Knight, etc.). They are going to struggle early on and especially on the road but the tough games they played early on WILL benefit them later on. Need to get a 4-seed or lower in the tournament and things will take care of itself after that.



  4. grant
    2:30 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    I think you meant Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 sir.



    • BigBlueAces
      2:45 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      Bingo…



  5. SanDiegoCats
    2:31 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    I’m all for a couple games in San Diego.



  6. 2mites
    2:33 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    This means absolutely NOTHING ! Way to early to even start hypothesizing where UK or anyone will be come March. Just KSR needing something to take up for space



    • Hal
      2:44 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      no s***, doctor. what else are they going to post about with 11? days between games????



    • twocoach
      3:03 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      It’s never to early to start thinking about the tourney. No one is trying to say that this is how it will end up; just that this MIGHT be how it would look if done today. I for one would rather read stuff like this versus articles about players hair cuts.

      I think a #4 seed for UK right now is about right, when looking at the seeding of the other teams around them. Any team should be happy to see the Wisconsin Badgers as the Team To Beat in their bracket. How many times has Bo Ryan made it past the Sweet Sixteen? He’s make the tourney 12 straight years but only made it past the Sweet Sixteen ONCE. He and Boeheim are the biggest underachievers in the sport.



    • bmt22033
      3:09 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      At this point, though, UK’s tournament seeding will depend largely on their ability to avoid “bad losses” and hope for teams ranked ahead of them to take “bad losses” and miss out on “good wins”. Florida aside, we don’t really have any more opportunities for “quality” wins. Michigan State, Baylor, UNC and UL were it and we ended up 1-3 against them. I’d say a #3 seed is probably the best case scenario for this team now unless several other teams just absolutely fall apart between now and March.



    • Barry C
      5:59 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      Hey twocoach, yes it is too early to start thinking about the tournament. Have you already forgotten what was going on this time last year????? Some were posting on this very site where UK was going to be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. BUT, there were others saying, “Hey, guessing (in January)where a team will be seeded is pretty brainless.” YES, IT IS TOO EARLY TO BE TALKING ABOUT NCAA SEEDINGS, but some people just can’t help it.



  7. tuxedo park
    3:07 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology is a joke. A big, masturbatory joke. It has absolutely no value. But every year, people get worked up here on KSR about some dude in sweatpants saying UK is a fourth seed playing some team they have a 2 percent chance of meeting in the actual tourney.



    • twocoach
      5:17 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      I would agree with you wexcept for the fact that the guy has been right about the tourney field and seeds at a ridiculous high rate. Maybe the guy actually knows what he is talking about.

      It’s called PROJECTIONS. If you don’t enjoy speculating about the “what-if’s” then don’t read about them. I find it fun to think about possible scenarios and matchups.



  8. dearth
    3:29 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    haha. you said masturbatory



  9. bigblue091812
    3:36 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    If this was selection Sunday this would be about right, except it isn’t and I feel the Cats are going to take care of busniness going forward and will enter the NCAA’s with no less than a 2 seed.



    • twocoach
      5:18 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      The only chance UK has of getting a 32 seed is if a bunch of other teams lose and UK sweeps all their games against Florida and Mizzou and wins both the SEC regular season and tourney title.



  10. ukhemingway
    3:40 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    This will be nothing like the 2011 team…the worst the Cats do is lose three conference games. This team will at WORST be a 2 seed. I’ll say we go undefeated in Jan and end up in the top 4 in the country. The SEC is horrible and we should get on a huge roll. This little bracket of four would be welcomed…we’d beat UW by ten and I gladly play on OK ST team without their center or backup pg who will be watching in a pot filled room:)



  11. Do whut?
    4:24 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    In other news for those who actually enjoy the regular season the conference part of our schedule hasn’t even begun but I guess we can still talk bracketology. Well bracketology and all things Louisville. Honestly we call Louisville little brother but sometimes I think KSR stands for Kid Sister Radio.



    • theSkinny81
      5:06 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      You, sir, are an idiot. Wow.



    • twocoach
      5:21 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      Bracketology is all about a reflection of what a team has accomplished in the REGULAR SEASON. For those that like the REGULAR SEASON it is fun to try to figure out what effect games won and lost in the REGULAR SEASON will have on their status entering the tourney.

      How is this hard to understand?



    • Do Whut?
      11:00 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

      An idiot because…? Maybe because I think it’s entirely absurd to consider bracketology before conference games even begin? But you’re probably right because most coaches encourage players to think ahead first rather than live in the now. Or maybe because projecting brackets at this point in the season is akin to picking winning lotto numbers? You’re right though. I’m the idiot. And what an intelligent argument you have made. Very well thought out. Wow.



    • twocoach
      11:38 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      This website is for FANS, not coaches or players. It isn’t going to screw up Kentucky’s next game for fans to think about what might happen in March. If you don’t think it’s worthwhile then DON’T READ IT and don’t be an a$$ to the people that do enjoy thinking about it. Just move along…



    • Do whut?
      1:21 pm January 3, 2014 Permalink

      I only mentioned the PLAYERS because ironically the word coach appears in your handle. If you don’t like it just move on? It seems I could offer you the exact same advice when it comes to the comments section. Funny how that works huh?



  12. Tim Kathlina
    5:25 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Are you kidding!!!! I will take being a 4 seed in Wisconsin bracket any day of the week and 2xs on Sunday!!! NCAA usually does not make it that easy on Kentucky; I suspect this scenario will not happen as laid out.



  13. 8 + 1 in 14
    6:10 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Three losses (in Chicago, in Jerry Jones’ palace, and at Dean Dome) will prepare us well for the tournament. Three losses have not diminished my confidence in this very talented and deep team. . Regardless we’ll enter the tournament with at most two more losses and will be a very, very dangerous team… likely a #2. No one will want to play us because we will pose huge match-up problems for them: including Ohio State, Syracuse and Wisconsin.



  14. Jeffrey
    7:19 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    Wisky isn’t going to be a one seed, and Maryland will not even be in the tournament. So this speculation is off base.



    • twocoach
      11:46 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      AGAIN, this is if the tourney started today. I think we all understand that there may be some changes over the course of the next few MONTHS of actual games.

      Good grief you whiners are a$$holes. How do you know that Maryland won’t be in the tourney? Crystal ball? Magic 8-Ball? Pure speculation, that’s how. If it is fine for you to use then it is fine for others to use. It’s called being a FAN. We speculate about how games might turn out. We envision POSSIBLE matchups and showdowns. We try to guess how seeds will change based on our speculation of how games will finish.

      When did the world become so filled with annoying jerks that just want to pi$$ on everything they see? Do you have delusions of being a sportswriter but can’t get the degree and/or the job? Does it make you feel better to find something you think is wrong with an article written by someone that was able to get the degree and the job? These are written as OPINION pieces, not encyclopedias of historical fact. Go read a comic book if you want something that does not require you to use your brain to figure out.



  15. Noway
    10:21 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    They never ever send the cats out west. I know its the south bracket but due to fan numbers they always keep them close as possible. And, they will never get a draw that easy!



  16. bigblue091812
    12:56 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

    Do Whut, they are 2 idiots on here, I sir must be one because I agee with you. Look at several teams ranked above us, 14-0 Ohio St toughest foe has been 8-6 Marquette. 14-0 Wisconsin beat a depleted roster Florida and hasn’t played anyone else. 14-0 Wichita St best 2 wins has been Tenn and Bama. 13-0 Oregon has beaten a weak Georgetown and Ole Miss. 12-1 Michigan St beat a young UK team by 4 and lost at home to 9-3 UNC by 14. 12-1 Oklahoma St spilt with Memphis and has beaten Colorado. 11-1 Baylor led young UK team by 1 pt with 2.5 mins left by 4 and lost to Syracuse. And we all know LOSERVILLE has lost to the ony 2 legit teams they’ve played. 10-2 Duke beat Michigan but lost to the only other 2 teams they’ve played. My point is I feel good at how the CATS have improved from day 1, from the UNC loss and feel that having played Providence, Boise St., LOSERVILLE, Michigan St., UNC and Baylor just to name a few will pay off come NCAA’s and why would anyone think teams like the one mentioned including Kansas won’t lose games in their conferences. There will be 1 and 2 seeds with as many as 4-6 losses this year and the CATS can be right there when it counts. All the talk about FT shooting, yes it’s sucked in the last few games but through 13 games Aaron is shooting 77%, Randle 72%, Andrew 71% and Young 66%. If these players do that for the year, if Alex gets to where he was last year and we all know WCS needs to improve what are we so torn up about. I for one wouldn’t have to wait til March to get another shot at MSU, UNC and Baylor as I’d love to play any of them Saturday, and how would the LOSERVILLE game had turned out if Randle played the 2nd half. Clam down BBN, FT’s, 3pt shooting and there will be certain games matchups will let us see Willis, Johnson and Lee play valuable minutes. I can’t wait till late March and the trolls and idiots won’t be on here complaining about Aaron, Andrew, Alex and James because they will have gotten it, made a strong run through the SEC with only 1, maybe 2 league losses at the most and ready to redeem themselves in Dallas.



    • twocoach
      11:59 am January 3, 2014 Permalink

      The only issue I have for Kentucky is that they have very few games left against quality opponents that can be used to raise their resume and get them to a higher seed. They have two games against currently projected #2 seed Florida, one against current #7 seed Missouri, two vs current #9 seed LSU, one vs. current #11 seed Tennessee and two vs current 311 seed Arkansas. Once conference play sets in, not many people think that Tennessee and Arkansas are going to keep resumes good enough to stay in the tourney. That’s Not many good wins available.

      And Kansas? Why people think they have a chance to move up to as high as a #1 or #2 seed? Two games against #2 seed Okie State, 2 vs. #3 seed Baylor, 2 vs. #4 seed Iowa State and 2 vs. #10 seed Texas. And I think that Oklahoma will also make the tourney from the Big 12. They have a LOT more games against top tier teams to potentially build their resume and losses against those teams will not knock them down as much as losses against teams like LSU, Arkansas and Tennessee would for UK.