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Mike DeCourcy: “Kentucky gets slapped with the bracket once again”


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?

[The Sporting News]


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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24 Comments for Mike DeCourcy: “Kentucky gets slapped with the bracket once again”

  1. 8xchamp
    10:38 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks mitch, for nothin

  2. KYcats11
    11:07 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

    Yes we got screwed very badly. But if we can’t beat these teams, we are not worth to win the championship, in the end seeding doesn’t matter, the championship is there to determine the best team. If you can’t beat the teams u face, you’re not the best team.

    • timbo
      11:34 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

      Of course it matters. You think you know better than Cal?! You think the 2015 team loses in the final four if they had Duke’s path? Or for that matter, that Wisconsin loses to Duke in the championship? Yeah, yeah. To be the best, ya gotta beat the best…unless the emotionally exhausted team you play in the championship beat them for you.

    • KYcats11
      12:06 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      Nope I don’t think I know better than cal. If I did, I’d be coaching right now, not writing a comment. We got screwed by the committee. It matters, but in the end, just play ball.

    • 4everblue
      8:40 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      You think K and Duke would want this path? How would they know? They’ve NEVER had anything but the easiest path to the championship game!

  3. 2x
    11:25 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

    This train is NEVER late…

  4. IstandUPatGames
    11:32 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

    Would someone (named the power conferences) please stick a wooden stake through the NCAA?! It is time to let the conferences run the show instead of a bunch of fat cat bureaucrats on Washington Street in Indy. Let’s get a sane rule book and tournament selection based on data, not drama.

    P.S. Could we also do something about poor officiating?

    • 3Goggles
      8:28 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      Fun fact: the selection committee this year is made up of Athletic Directors.

    • 4everblue
      8:43 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      Good thing we had Mitch on the committee or we would have gotten screwed……oh wait…we DID get screwed….AGAIN! I believe it was Mitch who hired Billy G while Coach Cal sat by the phone waiting for a call.

  5. BiasedBigfoot
    11:45 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

    “Oh no!!! Our draw sucks again!!!”

  6. Luether
    11:50 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

    Sorry Mrs TT, but an just thankful for a 2 seed. Our Cats just need to take care of business, now…

  7. chris43
    12:05 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

    Bunch if BS as always….but expected to get screwed over as that always happens but lately they haven’t even been using lube! It’s pathetic! You can pretty much count on it yearly…UK will get a hard path to the Final Four while Duke will get a much easier bracket.

  8. bhb71
    12:52 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

    I honestly don’t think our draw is that bad. Our one seed is a team we beat earlier this year. Our three seed really hasn’t looked all that intimidating over the past few games. Butler has been inconsistent all year, with a resume that includes two wins over Nova, but losses to Seton Hall, St. John’s, Xavier, Providence, Indiana State, and going to OT against 9-23 DePaul. Could we lose to those teams? Absolutely. Do I think we got “screwed” by being in our bracket? Not really.

    • Catsby80
      8:04 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      I’m with you. Sure UNC is a good team and so is UCLA, but I think people look at those names and say “we got screwed” because we already lost to UCLA this year and it took a heroic effort to beat UNC. But the bottom line is that we’re going to have to win a couple of tough games to a) get to the final 4 and b) win the championship. I bet if we would’ve knocked down UCLA earlier in the year people wouldn’t be so pissed about this bracket… The team who got a dream situation is Louisville. They have a very good chance to make the final 4.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:28 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      Ayn Rand once wrote, “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me?” The real reason the South bracket is so tough is that the other teams have to get through UK!

  9. ClutchCargo
    1:02 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

    We can bitch and moan all we want, but the bracket is what it is now. With all the parity in college basketball this season there will most certainly be a ton of upsets. Some of those could work to our advantage. Let’s just see how it plays out.

  10. BluKudzu
    7:15 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

    50% of the “experts” from ESPN picked a team from the south region to win it all the other 3 regions made up the balance. Is it a tough region? Sure it is. But if you are going to be champion you have to win these games.
    This is what it is about. A 6 game season. I think any team that wins two games in the tournament, has a shot at winning it all. Bring it now, or go home.
    Go Cats.

    • 4everblue
      8:48 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah but Duke sure has an easy road with games that shouldn’t be in question until NOVA. I sure would enjoy the luxury of being on cruise control….just like to try it and see how I like it, I hear it saves gas and makes the ride more relaxing….

  11. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:19 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

    “Stop being such a loser, Mike DeCourcy!”-Bryan, the Intern

    • Mc12
      9:10 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

      Ha! “Mike DeCourcy is weak-minded”

  12. Sentient Third Eye
    8:26 am March 13, 2017 Permalink

    This team plays better when they see adversity. It’s when things are going their way that they slack off. So maybe a tough bracket is best for them?