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The Cats are a Three Seed in the Early NCAA Tournament Bracket

In the first NCAA March Madness Bracket Preview Show Kentucky is a three-seed in the East Regional.  In that regional the defending champion Villanova Wildcats are the No. 1 overall seed.  Louisville is the two-seed, setting up a potential Sweet 16 matchup in Madison Square Garden.  UCLA is the No. 4 seed in the East.

Coach Cal was happy to see their spot and asked Bill Raftery, “The way we’re defending, can we put it in marker?”  A look at the top 16 seeds:

1. Villanova
2. Kansas
3. Baylor
4. Gonzaga
5. North Carolina
6. Florida State
7. Louisville
8. Oregon
9. Arizona
10. Virginia
11. Florida
12. Kentucky
13. Butler
14. West Virginia
15. UCLA
16. Duke

It’s an early look, leaving plenty of room for movement between now and Selection Sunday on March 12.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for The Cats are a Three Seed in the Early NCAA Tournament Bracket



  1. BlueDeuce
    12:57 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Looks like the toughest bracket to me…the goal would be to at least play their way to Florida’s line and get a better spot than the East Region!

    Heck, losing a few would even help get a better seeding than the east!



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      4:38 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      You would rather play Carolina than Louisville (assuming we get that far)? It’s a tough choice.



  2. ColoradoCat3
    1:01 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    No Wisconsin anywhere?



  3. CatManDo
    1:02 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    I could see any of the 4 East teams winning it all. From the West and South maybe only Carolina.



  4. syrin
    1:04 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Wow. That shows you how few quality wins UK has. We lost to 4 of the 16 teams, and beat only UNC which I doubt we could do now. Seems like we put up some nice stats on average teams



  5. kenny
    1:13 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky will have our shot at Florida again, they need to make the most of it.



  6. jaws2
    1:27 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Lose to KS, UofSmell, UCLA, get taken to OT by GA at home, crushed by FL, barely beat Vandy, and lose to TN. We’re lucky to be where they have us.



  7. shelby
    1:37 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Why would hey send ucla east and UVA west?



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      4:39 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      They don’t want the top 4 seeds in any region from the same conference.



    • satcheluk
      10:55 am February 12, 2017 Permalink

      Justaguy-huh? What conference would have 4 in one region if UVA and UCLA flipped?



  8. kenny
    1:37 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Sometimes seeding is overrated, I believe I’d rather have the 4 seed in the south



  9. maximumscott
    2:05 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    South is the weakest region.



  10. maximumscott
    2:05 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    I would love a rematch with UCLa and UL.



  11. terwilliger
    5:57 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    I realize the committee has a tough job, with a million variables to consider. But does anyone in their right mind honestly think Butler is a better team than UCLA?