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Media re-seeds the Sweet 16; one is really, really dumb

One of the easiest things to write to get clicks this week is to reseed or rank the remaining teams in the NCAA tournament. Many websites have done it, and some — well, just one — is really #$%@ing stupid.

Matt Norlander over at CBSSports.com, who is a KSR favorite among the national college basketball people, reranked the field and put Kentucky at No. 11, behind Loyola-Chicago (9) and Nevada (10) in the South Region. With all due respect to Norlander, that is a ridiculous place for the Cats. What has Kentucky done to fall behind those teams in the tournament? It makes no sense, but here’s his explanation:

11. KENTUCKY
Actual seed: No. 5 in the South Regional. Think UK is too low? For reference, it ranks as the 10th best team of the 16 left at KenPom. The 26-10 Wildcats being 11th here speaks to how tight this field is between No. 4 and No. 12. Kentucky got a scare from Davidson and then ran away from Buffalo. John Calipari’s squad has been able to win all but one game in the past month because its 3-point defense is the best of any team in the field. UK holds foes to 29.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Regular season wins over tournament teams: Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee. [CBSSports.com]

Then there’s ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf’s reseeding of the Sweet 16; he has Kentucky at No. 5 overall and the top No. 2 seed of what’s left. Read Medcalf’s explanation:

5. Kentucky (Reseed: No. 2; previous seed: 5)
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. [ESPN.com]

While we’re on the subject of Myron Medcalf, he sent what could be the worst tweet of all time on Sunday. Put that thing in the HOF.

Then there’s Andy Katz, formerly of ESPN fame, now with NCAA.com. Katz ranks Kentucky sixth of the 16 remaining teams, explained here:

6. Kentucky: The Wildcats lost games in the SEC. So what? News flash: The SEC was much better. The Wildcats are right at the place they need to be — winning the SEC tournament, beating back upstart Davidson and blowing past Buffalo, just two days after the Bulls crushed Arizona. The Wildcats have matured at the “normal” pace for a traditional freshman class. Kentucky has a great shot to end the season where it always expects to be: The Final Four. [NCAA.com]

I think somewhere in the neighborhood of fifth is a fair place for the Cats right now, but their path is by far the least challenging of the tournament. That’s why Kentucky is considered the favorite of the remaining teams to earn a Final Four spot.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

21 Comments for Media re-seeds the Sweet 16; one is really, really dumb



  1. ukjaybrat
    11:35 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Matt Norlander’s opinion seems very uninformed.



  2. jomani
    11:49 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    5 or 6 seems fair enough but Norlander basing his ranking off Kenpom when 13 of the top 25 teams per Kenpom have already been eliminated is just poor logic.



  3. Duuuuuude
    11:51 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I am fine with 11. Do you think Cal is going to go in the locker room saying people believe we are the 5th best team remaining or the 11th?



  4. Ukfan1010
    11:53 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Whatever! Haha I’m sure in 2014, us and uconn would’ve been towards the bottom of the list of teams in the sweet 16! Then we ended up in the title game!



  5. UKinIN
    11:57 am March 20, 2018 Permalink

    And this matters why? Win Thursday! That’s all that matters.



  6. Alleykat16
    12:01 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cal has already pulled the team in and showed them that they had us reseeded at 11 out of 16 to show them how the media is throwing shade on us . I like us still at 5 that’s what we came in as and hopefully that’s were we will be if we can get to the final 4



  7. ukcamel
    12:05 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    A little fact-checking on that Ken-Pom claim:

    Kentucky: 17
    Nevada: 23
    Loyola: 36

    Source: http://www.kenpom.com

    So his stupid claim relies on false data. Cool.



    • brothermichigan
      12:10 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      He said they’re the tenth best of the 16 remaining, not that those he seeded higher were ranked higher in the KenPom rankings.

      Reading: It’s Fundamental!

      (I will say, however, that using UK’s KenPom ranking as a justification for seeding and then seeding teams with a lower KenPom ranking higher doesn’t make a lot of sense.)



    • ukcamel
      1:49 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s what I was getting at. I should have said his stupid claim relies on cherry-picked statistics applied inconsistently.

      Note that the only team I think UK should certainly be ahead of in this exercise that is ahead of UK on KenPom is Clemson. The other 8 you could definitely argue are stronger teams. I’d put us 6th overall, ahead of Texas Tech, WVU and Michigan, but I see the argument for not doing so.



    • rabblerabblerabble
      1:50 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Hahaha.



  8. DrewP
    12:27 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Who cares. Everyone still plays. Meaningless clicks



  9. kentuckyrld
    12:28 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s face the facts. Media people, as a group, are the dumbest people on the planet. How could you expect any effort by them to reseed the tournament to be anything but stupid?



  10. TB112162
    1:04 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Who cares a lot of people get paid money for there opinions that mean absolutely nothing the only thing matters right now is continue to play the way we have and everything will be ok



  11. jaws2
    1:07 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I really don’t know why anyone considers anything these guys say as valid. Oh, they write about sports; BFD! I wouldn’t give these guys a click anytime.



  12. natertatter
    1:22 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    hahahaha………i wonder …..are the folks who reseeded the field the same genius bunch that DID NOT pick all the upsets??????



  13. Cals Hoverboard
    1:35 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Thanks to the talking heads that give us their ridiculous opinions based on no obvious basketball knowledge. And a special thanks for these Headlines. Great bulletin board materials. Please give Coach Cal more



  14. runningunnin.454
    1:45 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    So the media, all aspects, is stupid…I think we knew that. Some people obviously have missed the fact that seeding has meant absolutely nothing.
    We’re going to toss the ball up, and play.



  15. 2thepoint
    1:58 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Rg I think they should do seeding just like KY does for our sweet 16. Talk about anticipation.



  16. catsarerunnin
    4:15 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Who cares what the media says or thinks? They mad because UNC,Virginia and Mich State lost.



  17. Sentient Third Eye
    8:46 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

    Worst thing for a young team is to be bragged on. They need a chip on their shoulder. Good job, mass media…