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Kentucky moves up to four-seed in West region in latest Bracketology

The latest edition of ESPN’s Bracketology is out, and it’s one that Kentucky fans should be absolutely thrilled with.

In Joe Lunardi’s updated bracket, the Wildcats have moved up to a four-seed and are projected to head out to Spokane, Washington in the opening round.

Not too exciting, right?

When you look at the competition in the West Region, though, that’s where things get really interesting. Gonzaga is listed as the region’s one-seed, followed by two-seed Dayton, three-seed West Virginia, five-seed Colorado, and six-seed Creighton.

In this bracket, Kentucky would take on 13-seed New Mexico State in the opening round, followed by a potential matchup with Colorado in the Round of 32. Then, the Wildcats would likely take on Gonzaga or (8) Ohio State/(9) Oklahoma in the Sweet 16, with a likely battle with either Dayton or West Virginia in the Elite Eight with a spot in the Final Four on the line.

Spokane isn’t favorable, but pretty much everything else about the West region is perfect:

Elsewhere, Baylor is still listed as the No. 1 overall seed in the South, followed by San Diego State in the East and Kansas in the Midwest to round out the one-seeds.

As it stands now, five SEC teams are projected to make the NCAA Tournament: (3) Auburn, (4) Kentucky, (6) LSU, (10) Arkansas, and (11) Florida).

Check out the entire bracket below:

I’m taking that bracket all day, every day.

What say you?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

24 Comments for Kentucky moves up to four-seed in West region in latest Bracketology



  1. StuckinLville
    12:14 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    I wouldn’t want to play Bob Huggins’ team. Cal has a hard time beating him.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:29 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      I was in Cleveland for undefeated run and we beat them by 100. But for us to say we are thrilled with any path is ignorant writing. Yes this team can beat anyone but they can lose to anyone and have done both often. Facts are vs decent and above teams we are 8-4. Would have to beat 1 bad team and 5 straight decent and above teams to win a title. This group is not capable of that and have proven this all season



    • ClutchCargo
      12:54 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Isn’t Cal like 3-1 vs Huggins since he came to UK? And we crushed their souls in the Yum! Center.



    • ClutchCargo
      12:54 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      ^ Sorry, Cleveland.



    • StuckinLville
      12:55 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah and I also recall Huggins shutting down the most talented players we’ve had and preventing them from a final four. Huggins just knows how to beat Cal.



    • samodamo
      3:14 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      The most talented is questionable at most, they were good but the most talented team top to bottom was the year we almost went undefeated. IMO



    • StillBP
      1:20 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      we’ve beaten Huggins 3 times since that 2010 loss



    • ClutchCargo
      1:25 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      I won’t argue that Huggins can’t be a tough out, but to say he knows how to beat Cal when he has 1 win and 3 losses is silly. Maybe he does know how to beat Cal, but those numbers don’t support that.



    • Wade
      4:23 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      We didn’t hit but like 3 threes and shot 50 ofem . That’s why we lost way back then



    • StillBP
      1:27 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      clutch, knowing how and doing it are two different things! He beat Cal a lot before he came to UK. Perhaps Cal now knows how to beat Huggy!



    • ClutchCargo
      2:19 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Huggins does have a history of beating pre-UK Cal. Some of that may be due to rebuilding at UMass and Memphis, who knows. It’s the UK/WVU matchups that I care about.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:22 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Also, it’s ok to be thrilled with a certain path vs other ones that appear more difficult on paper, but that’s not the same thing as assuming we will win. While the NCAAT never works out as expected, this one seems the most advantageous compared to the others.



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:06 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Facts are any team can beat anyone or lose to anyone and many have done so recent. I wasn’t aware you could predict the future mashbum.



  2. RAGE
    12:42 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    Only thing that ain’t surprising at all is that dUKe gets to be in the bracket with the easiest one seed… Undefeated or not San Diego State hasn’t played anybody this season and I don’t think will see the elite 8… I could be wrong but looks like an easy draw for puke



    • RAGE
      12:45 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry wasn’t done… I would take this bracket but by no means would that be easy… I mean Gonzaga is no joke and honestly we don’t match up good with their size… they are big and they shoot the ball well… It could be a really tough game for us… But definitely a winnable game… We can beat anybody but I could see us playing down to our competition and losing the first game of the tournament also



    • StuckinLville
      12:56 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

      Ask Wichita State how being a one seed worked out for them.



  3. UKFaninNY
    12:42 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    Ditto what above two said –

    1 – there will be no EASY path from this team

    2 – WVU seems to be tough every year

    3 – You’re treating Gonzaga like those who dont follow basketball



  4. JTHinton
    1:06 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    Cal is 3-1 against Huggins since he came to Kentucky, including a win on the road with our 2nd/3rd worst team in the Cal era. I like our chances against anyone in this bracket, although Gonzaga is very good. Dayton reminds me of the 18-19 Houston team, which we (barely) beat in the Sweet 16 last year.



  5. Jpcat15
    1:48 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    In this bracket it makes no sense that UK isn’t in St Louis- would draw fans.



  6. StillBP
    1:56 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    I get why you post these things, it’s something to talk about. But it’s meaningless right now. So much will change in the next month



  7. JohnnyCat
    3:12 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    Totally predictable. UK sent off all the way out to Spokane for 1st/2nd rounds…and Duke plays in a North Carolina city.



  8. runningunnin.454
    3:16 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    You can be thrilled; but, how many UK fans could go to Spokane and LA? Luckily, this means exactly squat.



  9. lexattorney
    5:19 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t fathom how you keep giving this Lunardi tool clicks! His picks are less than meaningless. To know where UK will be seeded all you have to do is watch the games. Barring any horrendous losses, if they have only 2-3 more losses and make an appearance on Sunday if the SECT they will be a 3, if they have no more or only 1 loss and make it to Sunday in the SECT they will be a 2. More than 3 losses from here on leaves them around a 4 seed.



  10. BigBluSoTru
    6:08 pm February 11, 2020 Permalink

    But Cal says we get the hardest path . This sure wouldn’t support his narrative