My, how a week changes things. When the bracket came out on Selection Sunday, Kentucky was the 17th overall team on the NCAA’s seed list; two wins and a lot of upsets later, Kentucky is now considered one of the best teams left.
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf reseeded the Sweet 16 and ranked Kentucky as the fifth best team and the top two-seed, thanks to the incredible play of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander never earned the acclaim that Collin Sexton and Trae Young enjoyed this season as freshman point guard prospects destined for the next level. But his performance in the NCAA tournament will only elevate the stock of the 6-foot-6 point guard who is the key to Kentucky’s immediate future. He averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in a pair of wins over Davidson and Buffalo. Kentucky outscored both teams 80-50 in the paint.
Gilgeous-Alexander is elevating his play at the right time, as is Kevin Knox, who is contributing to the Wildcats’ dominance in the paint. With higher seeds Virginia and Tennessee already eliminated in the region, Kentucky could reach the Final Four. But it did not have a flawless weekend. Davidson and Buffalo, a pair of double-digit seeds, made 50 percent of their shots inside the arc against the Wildcats.
The teams ahead of Kentucky, according to Medcalf? Villanova, Duke, Clemson, and West Virginia. I don’t see how you can put West Virginia ahead of Kentucky after what happened in January, but whatever — what I really want to talk about is this ridiculous tweet from Medcalf last night:
I know a Final Four run is always special, but does Kentucky really want to get there …. against this competition in the South?
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 19, 2018
Umm, YES. How is that even a question? Come on, Myron.