It’s June 27 and Joe Lunardi is restless. Even though most Americans are vacationing, planning July 4th cookouts, and finding ways to beat the heat, Lunardi is 100 percent dialed in on next year’s NCAA Tournament. Unable to resist the siren song of seed lines and the perilous nature of the bubble, Lunardi dropped a new Bracketology this morning over at ESPN.
Where did your University of Kentucky Wildcats land? After losing PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson to the NBA Draft and not landing Kerry Blackshear Jr., Lunardi dropped Kentucky from a No. 1 seed to a No. 2 seed. In this completely hypothetical scenario that in no way will resemble what actually happen in March, Kentucky is in Duke’s bracket, the South Region:
Lunardi’s other No. 1 seeds: Michigan State, Kansas, and North Carolina. He has Louisville, Gonzaga, and Villanova as No. 2 seeds. After adding Blackshear, the Florida Gators are up to a No. 3 seed. Seven SEC teams were included.
If you’d like to check out the rest of Lunardi’s projections, click here.