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Kentucky ranked the fifth best team in Sweet 16

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:

Umm, YES. How is that even a question? Come on, Myron.



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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27 Comments for Kentucky ranked the fifth best team in Sweet 16

  1. CatsfaninFL
    1:39 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    It probably pained him to rank us fifth… especially after saying we wouldn’t survive the weekend.

    Oh and Myron, ya maroon, I’d much rather make it to the FF against that competition than losing to it. Just saying.

  2. meeksfor3
    1:40 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Those clowns have us 5th behind WV and Clemson. Vegas has us as the 3rd best odds of winning it behind Nova and Duke.

    • rabblerabblerabble
      2:50 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      I could be wrong. But doesn’t “Vegas” set odds to get as much money as possible bet on each side? I’m not a mathematician, but I don’t think that *always* corresponds with who the sportsbooks think will win. Interested in getting some info from people that actually understand these things.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      3:59 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      rabble you are right but trying to get these fans into reality is a lost cause. NCAA, all refs blah blah blah are against UK. Vegas odds are strictly based on money being bet and not who they think will actually win or by how much.
      If people watch games there is little doubt Nova and dUKe are better than us. Would also say Clemson is and could say Gonzaga as well. If Purdue was healthy they are better as well but right now I would pick UK. Don’t believe on neutral court right now WVU is better than us. Bracket did us huge favors in a year we had to have it to make a run. We could have faced Zona, UVA and a physical Cincy team. Instead we play Buffalo, K-State and Loyola or Nevada. No way we get through that 1st group, have a chance vs the 2nd group. Still this team is capable of losing to anyone left, almost lost to a bad Davidson team. SEC is not a good league, as most thought ACC and Big 12 are the best but mostly opposite us so that helps. Big 12 has 3 teams out {4 left}, 2 lost in ot, and all losses by 5 or less. SEC blown out in 3 of their 6 losses. ACC with 4 left and 2 from deep in their league, that is a strong conference. As expected many top seeds are gone in this day of no really good teams in college basketball. My pick from game 1 of tourney is Nova or dUKe with money on the line and of course UK with my heart.

    • henderblue
      1:20 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      You’re an idiot. The team that beat Arizona by 20, we beat that team by 20. You’re a U6 troll. The team that slaughtered the number 1 seed, we would have destroyed

  3. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    1:46 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    If this is the same Myron Medcalf that made these stupid bold predictions, sign me up as a relevant predictor as well. As I predicted before the season started what each of these players roles would eventually be and that the team would be rolling come March. Take a look at this terrible article written by Medcalf before the tournament… After remember reading this, I dont give a damn what he says.

    • jaws2
      3:20 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Man I wouldn’t give him a click!

  4. IAmTheDanger
    1:46 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    We only have to beat one of them!!

  5. ukblue22
    1:58 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    I guess if you’re Myron and you want to say the dumbest thing possible to the larges crowd possible, you say that about UK. Wow!

  6. ukbigblue1
    2:00 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like ESPN has there own Jerry Tipton. How did he make it past the ESPN firings?

    • ClutchCargo
      2:11 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      Because ESPN. Hot takes and controversy are more valued by them than journalism and actual analysis.

  7. BigBlueSkyDog
    2:09 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    If Myron puts Clemson and WVA ahead of us, I want what he’s smoking.

  8. johnwall
    2:12 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Well i rank us #1, take that! “myron”

  9. Bobbum Man
    2:12 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    We can only play who we beat… as long as it didn’t take money or hookers I’m good!

    • Bobbum Man
      2:13 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      lol… beat who we play***

    • ClutchCargo
      2:14 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

      You just found the key to going 40-0! 🙂

  10. ClutchCargo
    2:13 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    I think I just violated my own rule of not caring about the opinions of sports writers once the tournament games start. Oops!

  11. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:17 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    The replies to that Medcalf tweet are gold.

  12. Sentient Third Eye
    2:18 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Only fifth best? That should be bulletin-board material!

  13. Rick_S
    2:29 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Why post this clown show on’re just helping him..ESPN should fire him already… wonder if duke would want a F4 with their easy path…Duke’s path so far is #15, #7,#11 =33 ….UK is #12,#13,#9 =34

  14. Mathlete
    2:30 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Tournament predictions are like genitalia. Anyone can post theirs on the internet, but it doesn’t make it worth anything.

  15. wildcatfan20
    2:43 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Why is everyone making a big deal of Kentucky’s matchups?? Our first three games feature opponents with an average seed of 11.3. Dukes opponents average 11…. no one ever comments about dukes lack of competition

  16. chief_cat
    3:32 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller has us with the best odds to win it all:

  17. bucket
    7:02 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    ESPN has us ranked a lot higher than does. They say UK is the 11th best team in the sweet sixteen behind Loyola Chicago and Nevada. With us just ahead of Kansas State. Smh in disbelief. Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander must have had the final call on rankings. Know Cal and UK haters.

  18. symphonist41169
    7:57 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Does this idiot really believe that if we win the next 2 games Mitch and Cal would refuse being awarded the South Region trophy and bypass the Final Four because the competition we beat to get there was “too easy”??? What a buffoon.