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The latest Bracketology has an interesting possible matchup…

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I can hear you now: “Enough with the Bracketology, it’s January!”.  For the most part, I agree with you, but Joe Lunardi’s latest projections have a very interesting 2nd round matchup (I refuse to call it the 3rd round) between #4 seed Kentucky and #5 seed Louisville.

Even more, if the chips were to fall as such, Pitino may face off against Pitino Jr. and Minnesota in the first round, and Kentucky against former victory cigar Steve Masiello.  If all of that happens, 87.5% of the world’s hair gel will reside in Orlando that weekend.

Lunardi’s four #1 seeds are Arizona, Syracuse, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.  Something tells me the fighting Bo Ryan’s won’t be up there come March.

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44 Comments for The latest Bracketology has an interesting possible matchup…

  1. Uncle Dirty
    10:33 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Another bit of trivia: UK is projected to play Manhattan right now. Manhattan is coached by former cat Steve Masiello.

    • trey
      11:33 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      With a guy from Christian County playing on their team

  2. jaws2
    10:35 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Cats will be a 2 by the time tourney rolls around. Bank on it.

  3. BobKYCats
    10:38 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    I have to disagree with you on that last point, Mrs. TT. Wisconsin is for real this year.

    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      11:07 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      They burn me every year on my picks…..if I have them out early, they’ll go to the damn Final 4.

  4. blue4real
    10:40 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    I bet it doesn’t happen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see UL go the NIT this year!

  5. Jeffrey
    10:41 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Those top seeds will rack up more losses and things will get more interesting real soon.

  6. RealCatsFan
    10:43 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Agree with others that I can’t see this team staying a 4 seed. However, Lunardi is setting his bracket up as if the tourney started today, so that would probably be accurate based on that. The two UF games and the UT game are going to be the keys to the season for the Cats this year.

  7. ChicagoCat
    10:47 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Barring an unexpected meltdown in the SEC, I see the Cats as ending no worse than a 3 seed this year. The Cards? They could go from 5 all the way to 9 if they keep losing to any good teams they play.

  8. Mean Randy
    10:54 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Pointless, this will change about 2,000 times between now and March

  9. The Loco Pollo
    10:55 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    UofL may very well find themselves in the same shoes we were in last year at tourney time if they don’t get it together.

    • BobKYCats
      11:00 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Wouldn’t that be Karma at it’s finest?

    • Karma
      11:59 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      That and Bobby P having a losing season his first year with the Cawds.

  10. We Hang Banners
    11:00 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Haha, they don’t want to see us anywhere near them in march. #L1C6

  11. Delk for 3
    11:04 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    This wouldn’t happen because they usually do their best not to pair up teams to play in the second round who have played one another throughout the season.

    • twnky
      11:11 am January 10, 2014 Permalink


  12. 9-asty
    11:06 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Doesn’t the selection committee try to avoid rivalry/in-state matchups that early in the tournament?

    • Pancreas
      11:22 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      I think more emphasis is put on conference match ups and teams that have played already this season. But your point would apply to this either way. I thought it was strange, too.

  13. Justme40324
    11:14 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    So UL will take being humiliated for a week (just like with pitinos affair) in exchange for 5 yrs of a top 10 football program. UK would rather take 20 yrs of a humiliating football team than utilizing common sense.

    • JustStupid
      11:18 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Lol @ top 10 football program. They did that w Bobby in the Big East, but they won’t have as much luck in the ACC. the BE was terrible, the ACC is pretty decent. Plus Bobby didn’t recruit great before, and he’s not going to be more successful at that now that parents know what type of person he is.

  14. Plenty
    11:16 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville is going to the NIT this year after they beat 0 ranked teams. I bet their fans avoid any UL subjects if that happens.

    • BlueRedNeck
      12:05 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      It’s going to take a few bad losses thrown in there along with the losses to top-50 teams to drop UL into NIT territory. I just don’t see that happening – they aren’t quite THAT bad. However, they do have the target of defending national champs on them, so you never know.

    • BobKYCats
      12:07 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      The reason we went to the NIT last year is not because we lost to UofL, Duke, Baylor, Florida, and Notre Dame, it’s because we lost to A&M, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas.

      A lack of quality wins will hurt UofL’s seeding, but it’s going to take losses to the USF’s and Temple’s of the mighty, mighty AAC to drop UofL to the NIT.

    • BlueRedNeck
      12:13 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Losing Nerlens hurt our chances of making the tourney as well, not only because it led to losses, but also because the selection committee looks at things like that because they don’t want a team that is likely to just flame out right off the bat.

    • Plenty
      12:53 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      They could easily take some bad losses on the road this year. Especially after losing at home to a good but not great Memphis team. They have no big man, and their guards shoot 35 times a game. I may be wishful thinking, but it is definitely possible.

  15. Lordy
    11:18 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    The ONLY reason you would say Wisonsin will not be up there at the end of the year is because they are white boys! It sure isn’t because their level of play. Just another reporter that has never played basketball and don’t realize a lay up is worth the same amount of points as a dunk

    • PhilUK18
      11:44 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      I don think it’s about race so much as it is history. Wisconsin is a “bunch of white boys” most years, and do you ever recall them getting a one seed before? Didn’t think so.

    • Lordy
      2:01 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Lmao. Great commentary. So if a team hasn’t been #1 seed before it means they don’t deserve to be this year?

    • twocoach
      2:12 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      the reason she stated that aboput Wisconsin might be that Bo Ryan has choked in the tourney virtually every year. He has only made it past the Sweet Sixteen ONCE in 12 years at Wisconsin. Ryan and Boeheim are the biggest underachievers in the sport.

    • PhilUK18
      2:45 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Where did I say that they wouldn’t deserve it? What I implied (although I hope that’s not too tricky a word for you) is that history tends to be an indicator of the future. Wisconsin has been highly rates (though not this high) before, and never been a 1 seed. Their teams play pretty much the same style every year, and it’s never gotten them to those heights? Could it this year? Sure. It’s just not likely.

      Also, what “twocoach” said holds true. I don’t know what your love of Wisconsin is all about, but I’ll be here to laugh at you when they inevitably finish 3rd, at best, in the Big 10, as usual.

  16. Rockfield, KY
    11:21 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Easy on the hair gel comments. There are plenty of the Ohio weirdoes that infiltrate UK with their gelled hair ways. They’re the worst part of the school.

    What is UL’s RPI right now? Can’t be good after losing to every decent team they’ve played.

    • PhilUK18
      12:11 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      I lived in Ohio for 18 of my 24 years (Lexington the rest), and hair gel is not nearly as prevalent across the Ohio as you seem to think.

    • UofL rpi
      1:05 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      After last night, U of L is 44th in the RPI. They are a robust 1-3 versus Top75 teams. This is a big point of emphasis with the committee.

      The “American” conference is considered 8th strongest conference and some prognosticators have 5 team getting in. In remaining games, I think U of L would have to go 9-6 to be on bubble, 8-7 or worse to miss the tourney, and 10-5 or better to get in. Only way they get a 5-seed or better is if they go 12-3 or better…and why would anyone see that as a possibility.

      Temple on road can be tough. That game is Nat’l TV and the L-Center will be bananas. Also road games against Cincy, UConn, Memphis… (I’m going to game at Temple. Not sure if I’m wearing all Kentucky Blue, or Temple’s Cherry & White. Luck Fouisville!)

      SMU is a bubble team….so if they want better seeding, they got to win this one at home on Saturday.

  17. Tom Tom Cats Fan
    11:26 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    UL’s highest rated recruit under Charlie Strong, Poonna Ford, defensive lineman, just decommitted from duh Ville. That’s a shame. I thought someone with the word “poon” in his name was a natural fit at UL. I bet he changed his mind because Petrino told him he he had to change his name. “Poon” is probably Pitino’s nickname for Bobby. That’s gotta be it.

    • BlueRedNeck
      12:07 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      “Poon Hound” would be more appropriate for Bobby.

  18. Bill
    12:20 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    UK not going to Orlando , Florida will get that spot. I’m about 50 minutes from Orlando, I hope they do come here.

    • raccoon
      2:23 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      If I am not mistaken the first round cities have two “pods” so Kentucky and Florida could both end up there in seperate pods (they wouldn’t play each other).

    • raccoon
      2:24 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      For example look up at the screenshot where Buffalo is the site for the 1 and 2-seed in the East.

    • twocoach
      2:32 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Florida is also slated to open in Orlando. It’s not an either/or. Two separate pods of games get sent to each site. Both UK and Florida could open there.

      Lunardi seemed to have mailed it in on this one. Not only does he have a UK-UL rematch in the 2nd round, he also has potential rematches of Kansas-San Diego State and Michigan-Iowa State. I really don’t think they will do that.

      Swap #5 seed Louisville with #6 seed Memphis. they have a head to head win over Louisville and a win against Okie State. They should be above Louisville.

      Swap the #7 seeds Mizzou and Michigan. They are slated to play in the same St Louis pod anyways, just swap their opponents to avoid the rematch. Then to avoid the SEC regional finals matchup with Florida you’d swap the entire Okie State-Creighton pod and move it to the Midwest region and move the Florida-Louisville pod to the South Region. Then you have the winner of the Iowa State-Missouri pod in St. Louis matching up against the winner of the Okie-State-Creighton pod in San Antonio matching up in the Midwest regional in Indianapolis and the winner of the Wichita State-Michigan pod in St. Louis matching up against the winner of the Florida-Louisville pod in Orlando matching up in the South regional in Memphis.

      Swap the #5 seeds SDSU and UMass to avoid the rematch between SDSU and Kansas. I don’t want to see that ugly game again.

  19. The Chief
    12:21 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    What’s so interesting about St. Mary’s versus UK?

    • Minnesota
      12:26 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Minnesota vs. Kentucky would be interesting. Then Cal could dominate the son in addition to the father.

  20. Orange Julius
    12:49 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Yawn, this will change about 2,000 times before March. Moving on

  21. Chicago Chris
    1:32 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Wishing for Louisville to suck is NOT going to help the Cats. It’s our only quality win right now.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:27 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      True Dat, but it IS entertaining when they suck!