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Lunardi’s Latest Bracket Puts Kentucky and Duke in the Same Region

It finally happened.  Joe Lunardi made a bracket with Kentucky and Duke in the same region.

Throughout the month of January, we weighed the possibilities of a potential pre-Final Four matchup with Duke.  Now that the Cats have climbed into the Top Five, it’s the perfect time for Lunardi to hop on the Duke-Kentucky Elite Eight rematch.

The ESPN Bracketologist currently has Duke atop the East Region in Washington D.C.  Virginia is holding down the one-seed in Louisville, with Michigan as the two.  Tennessee is ranked behind Virginia as the one-seed in Kansas City.

We’ll see exactly how well Lunardi’s bracket holds up when the NCAA releases its Top 16 teams this Saturday in the first March Madness Bracket Preview Show.  The program will begin at 12:30 on CBS, leading into Kentucky’s matchup with Mississippi State in Starkville.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

32 Comments for Lunardi’s Latest Bracket Puts Kentucky and Duke in the Same Region



  1. ryanjallen
    10:33 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    He’s had us in Dukes bracket for a couple weeks now. This hasn’t been updated



    • westernblue
      10:43 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      This is going to happen. There is no way the committee will miss a chance to put Kentucky in Duke’s bracket.



    • Rixter
      11:30 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Right, he’s had Kentucky and Duke in the same region for the last 8 bracketologies, back to Jan 11. First in the East, then the West, then back to the East, he always moves those 2 teams together..
      Old news.



    • Alex90
      11:45 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      I wouldn’t see them making that matchup before the ff if UK keeps winning.



    • Ridge Runner
      2:29 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Us & dUKe in same bracket? Yaawwwwnnnn …



  2. mothandras
    10:50 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Hopefully we don’t get in the same bracket as Duke.. they are going to be the best team in the tourney. Not saying we can’t beat them at our best, but the majority of the time they are going to beat us. We need to beat Tennessee at least once and finish strong so we at least look like a 1 seed on paper. We are probably a 2 seed regardless because we always get shafted by the selection committee.



  3. cats646
    10:52 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    I hope we see Duke in the tourney. Gonna shut Zion DOWN!!!!



  4. ThatsAShame
    11:01 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Beat 6 teams. Line them up and let’s go. A 1 seed only benefits you on maybe the first 2 games. If you really wanted to do it right they would re-seed at the sweet 16.

    Regardless, we will probably lose another game or two but I like our progress and feel we match up well with anyone.



  5. KYjellyRoll
    11:01 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    LSU > dUKe



  6. sp
    11:05 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    We know how this is going to go. Even if they decide Duke is the number all overall, we will somehow be ranked as the worst 2 so they can put us together. All about the ratings money not slotting teams where they deserve to be put.



  7. gwhittle
    11:08 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    That means he thinks uk is the second worst 2 seed which is absolutely bogus right now. It’ll all straighten out in the next few weeks tho



  8. maximumscott
    11:11 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    We need UVa to drop another and we need to beat UT. Then we get Louisville location. If we win out (long shot) we will get #1 overall.



  9. Wildfelinebeeline
    11:23 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Duck Fuke, Duck Fuke, Duck Fuke ……and their media outlet ESPN!



  10. Rixter
    11:36 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Jerry Palm at CBS Sports has us in the Midwest, as Virginia’s 2 seed – with a projected path of South Dakota State, Minnesota, Florida State, and Virginia.
    Yes, please.



  11. StuckinLville
    11:51 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    If Duke is the second 1 second, that would make us the the first second therefore we shouldn’t even be in the same bracket.



    • Ridge Runner
      2:46 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      But your using logic, Stuck. Lol



  12. catsarerunnin
    11:52 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t pay much attention to Joe Brackets but there’s no question the committee will find a way to put UK and dUKe in the same region. Plus UL or maybe Indiana if they somehow make the tourney. Just how it is for the Cats.



  13. playmorezeppelin
    12:01 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    If the roles were changed and Kentucky beat Duke in a blowout, and then Duke spent the rest of the season improving and making noise, you can bet your ass they would put them in our bracket for a revenge game. Not sure we’ll get the same treatment.



  14. UKLugo
    12:04 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    The only thing I like about that bracket is a chance to play Duke in the Regional final. I dont love the potential FSU or Purdue/Buffalo matchups.



  15. DukeFan1
    12:09 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Oh please please please make this happen. This would be a great game!!



  16. No more excuses cal
    12:30 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    I rather have duke Tennesse Virginia mich state all as the top 4 seeds in uk bracket just don’t put them 3 star 6 foot guards from k state in our bracket remember last year ole Bruce Webber embarrassed us without his best player



  17. Headhurts
    12:36 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Put UK vs Dook as the final match-up possibility not the semi’s, I ask u what would be better than that?



  18. walden
    12:50 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Would be interesting for sure. The first time around we couldn’t slow down VMI now we are a top 10 defensive team. The outcome would definitely be different if they were to match up again.



  19. Walter White
    1:29 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Funny thing is I’m in NC in Raliefh area and all my Duke friends are afraid of playing us ahain because Duke has plateaued



  20. bradallen1
    1:31 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    If we’re better than Michigan, shouldn’t we get location priority? In that scenario, move us to the South in Louisville as Virginia’s 2, and shift Michigan to the east with Puke. Or does Lunardi have Michigan ahead of us on the 2 line???



  21. murphy60
    2:14 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    What’s the best way but to put us and duke in the same bracket. Get us knocked out early. And also protect the prima Donna which is what the NCAA wants to do



  22. No more excuses cal
    2:44 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    The selection Committee doesn’t have to try to get us knocked out of the tournament we do it ourselves remember k state last year nuf said



  23. dhard
    3:00 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s throw Louisville in there and we have the trifecta. The ncaa would love to do this.



  24. Jpcat15
    3:32 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    If we are a 1 or 2 seed I don’t understand how we aren’t in the South. High seeded teams are supposed to be rewarded. Even if TN is 1 seed in South and we are the 2 we wouldn’t meet until the regional finals which is allowed when seeding the tournament. In fact, I believe teams from the same conference are able to meet as early as the regional semifinals.



    • bradallen1
      3:45 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      True, but I don’t think they are allowed to be seeded to meet. Someone has to pull an upset for it to happen. So UK can be a 2, which means in theory they play a 3 in the regional semis. So #6 Auburn can knock off a 3 which means they’ll meet, but it was because they seeds didn’t play true. At the end of the day, I still want 1 Virginia- 2 UK in Louisville



  25. lexcatfan2367
    3:46 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t care. I like UK now more than ever. Defense…defense…defense, Yeah!



  26. satcheluk
    8:59 am February 6, 2019 Permalink

    There’s more whiners in these comment sections than my kid’s 3rd grade class. Cheer up. The world is not out to get you.