Hypothetical NCAA Tournament brackets are all college basketball fans have left right now, and even then, they almost always lead to disappointment.
ESPN took it one step further for fans of the Kentucky Wildcats Women’s Basketball squad. While their Bracketology expert Charlie Creme did have the ‘Cats advancing to the Sweet 16 as a six-seed, ESPN swiftly ended UK’s Cinderella run with a rematch against the Lousiville Cardinals, which is just plain cruel at this point.
The bracket was simulated only once and Creme’s system used ESPN’s Basketball Power Index to predict the outcome.
Creme had Kentucky taking down 11-seeded Old Dominion in the first round of the Fort Wayne Region and then the 14-seeded Southeast Missouri Redhawks, who upset the 3-seeded Arizona in their opening-round game.
That set up the ‘Cats with a chance of heading to the Elite 8 if they took down the two-seeded Cardinals, where they would lose. It would have been the rematch of an epic showdown earlier in the regular season when the Cards narrowly escaped Rupp Arena with a 63-61 victory. The simulation had Louisville losing in the Elite 8 to Maryland.
The Final Four consisted of Maryland losing to South Carolina and Oregon losing to Baylor (all four teams were one-seeds). The BPI predicted Baylor would have repeated as back-to-back national champions over the Gamecocks.
Can we please ban mock brackets? Please and thank you.