Think Kentucky got screwed with a bad draw yet again? You’re not alone. The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy is weighing in on the Selection Committee’s choices, pointing out that for at least the fourth time in eight years, John Calipari’s team got the short end of the stick.
“The most glaring issue, though, remains how these stacked brackets keep following around Kentucky’s Wildcats,” DeCourcy writes.
DeCourcy points out all of the ways the Selection Committee has screwed the Cats over the years, such as giving Texas A&M a 3-seed and Kentucky a 4-seed last year after Kentucky beat them in the SEC Tournament; putting them in the “bracket of death” back in 2014; and giving them a 4-seed in 2011. Now, this year, they may have to face a 30-4 Wichita State team in round two, a UCLA team that beat them in the Sweet 16, and UNC in the Elite Eight.
Even the NCAA’s own seed rankings will tell you how tough the South Region is. The South got the toughest No. 2 seed and the toughest No. 4 according to the selection committee. They ranked UCLA third among the No. 3 seeds, improbably given that Florida State lost as many times to teams that didn’t make the field as the Bruins did all year.
Even without rearranging that apparent error, add up the seed rankings for the top-four lines and the toughest degree of difficulty comes in the South, followed by the East with the West and Midwest tied for third.
Just par for the course, right?