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Kentucky WBB Projected as a Five or Six Seed in NCAA Tournament

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Kentucky won’t know their draw for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament until the Selection Show on Monday, March, 16th but we have a pretty good idea of where they’re going to land.

While ESPN’s Bracketology differs a bit from two other outlets, there is a common trend: the ladies will likely land as either a five-seed or six-seed, meaning they would have to travel for the first two rounds and beyond.

The way the women’s tournament is set up, the top four-seeds from each region host the first two rounds. Considering the ‘Cats lost to Mississippi State in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, there’s a good chance that they won’t secure a top-four seed. A win over the Bulldogs might have been able to push them over the edge, but now a seed or two below that is looking more likely.

ESPN has Kentucky as a six-seed in the Fort Wayne region where they would play 11-seeded Old Dominion in the first round down in Tuscon, AZ. The Arizona Wildcats would host as the three-seed. Louisville is also in this portion of the bracket as the two-seed while Texas A&M finds themselves as the five-seed. Maryland would be the top-seed.

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CollegeSportsMadness.com and RealTimeRPI.com both have Kentucky as five-seeds, which is where I believe they ultimately land. CSMadness slots UK in Corvallis, OR with Oregon State as the four-seed and 12-seeded Georgia Tech as the ‘Cats opening-round opponent. Maryland would be the top overall seed in this bracket, too.

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RealTimeRPI thinks the ‘Cats will land in four-seeded Iowa’s opening round bracket where they would take on 12-seeded Middle Tennessee State up in Iowa City IA, who Kentucky beat in the second regular-season game of the year by a final score of 67-52 down in Murfreesboro, TN. UConn would be the top overall seed in this bracket.

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All three brackets have Texas A&M as a five-seed, and I think Kentucky’s resume matches up rather similarly to the Aggies.

According to HerHoopStats, they rank Kentucky as the 17th best team while Texas A&M is slightly below at No. 19. When comparing their resumes, the ‘Cats win over Mississippi State back February is a better win than anything the Aggies boast; UK also owns the head-to-head win.

What hurts Kentucky the most are two losses in particular; the home loss to Florida (15-15) and the road loss to Vanderbilt (14-16) at the end of the year. Both games saw the ‘Cats blow big leads. Kentucky has also lost more games against high-quality opponents compared to A&M, but only because they’ve played in more of them. Both teams went a combined 0-3 against LSU (Kentucky went 0-1 and Texas A&M loss both matchups). The Aggies only “bad” loss of the season is against an 18-12 Alabama team that Kentucky did manage to beat twice, but in a tight, three-point contest in the second meeting.

If Kentucky does wind up with a six-seed, it won’t be all that unjustified. Another win or two over a quality opponent such as Louisville or MSU might have secured a five-seed, but it feels safe to say UK won’t land outside the five or six range. Either way, we’re traveling somewhere!

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for Kentucky WBB Projected as a Five or Six Seed in NCAA Tournament



  1. BowdenQB4ever
    10:16 pm March 10, 2020 Permalink

    How much did Mitchell get paid to earn a 6 seed in the women’s game? I watched a few minutes of them this year, it’s rough basketball unless you enjoy seeing layups bricked off the bottom of the rim. He’s been here at least a decade, and we still aren’t relevant to national programs.



    • JTHinton
      7:39 am March 11, 2020 Permalink

      It’s got to be our out of conference play, right? We were the #3 team in the SEC!