Selection Sunday is right here. After sharing updates from Joe Lunardi and his associates for months, it’s lastly time to place an finish to Bracketology.
We’ll study precisely the place and who John Calipari’s Kentucky basketball crew is enjoying when the Selection Show airs tonight at 6 pm EST on CBS. Here’s the place the Bracketologists imagine we are going to discover Kentucky on this yr’s subject of 68.
Who’s prepared for the zephyr? Buried in ESPN’s bracket bunker, Joe Lunardi forecasts a slight slip for the Wildcats, sending Kentucky to Sacramento as a No. 7 seed to face No. 10 seed Boise State. If Kentucky makes a run on this West Region, there are some intriguing matchups down the highway with No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Duke and No. 1 Houston.
Jerry Palm and Joey Brackets are on virtually the very same web page. The CBS Sports projected bracket has No. 7 Kentucky going through No. 10 Boise State in Sacramento. This time, a rematch with Gonzaga looms in spherical No. 2.
Before you get too excited for both West Coast rematch, now is an effective time to remind you that the NCAA Selection Committee tries to keep away from non-conference rematches within the Round of 32. It should’ve slipped Palm and Lunardi’s minds. Regardless, be at liberty to digest the projected bracket.
Despite the loss to Vanderbilt, Mike DeCourcy didn’t knock the Wildcats down a notch. The Leach Report common nonetheless has Kentucky as a No. 6 seed, going through No. 11 USC within the Midwest Regional. There’s one other potential rematch with No. 3 Gonzaga within the second spherical. Also on this projected bracket: No. 2 Marquette, No. 4 Indiana and No. 1 Kansas.
Bender doesn’t create a bracket and match groups up. Instead he merely shares seed traces.
The Bracket Matrix is a number-crunching machine that scans 105 bracket projections to search out the final word common amongst forecasters. The Wildcats are the lowest-ranked crew on the No. 6 seed line, offering loads of intrigue earlier than this night’s Selection Show.
Over at The Athletic, Kentucky continues to be a No. 6 seed, opening NCAA Tournament play in Des Moines towards the winner of a First Four matchup between NC State and Utah State. Rick Pitino and Rick Barnes are an fascinating matchup on this hypothetical area. It doesn’t look too daunting if Kentucky may slide by Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears within the Round of 32.
Andy Katz: No. 6 Seed
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