Believe it or not, the Madness is almost here, and with Cats recent hot streak it is never too early to start looking at potential tournament destinations.
As of this moment, ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi has Kentucky as the 4-seed in the East Region and playing their opening round game in Oklahoma City against Stony Brook. Lunardi has Kentucky facing either Texas or Arkansas-Little Rock if they advance.
Now, OKC may not sound like a sexy destination for the Big Blue Nation, but the city government has invested a ton of money into reviving downtown over the last few years and apparently it is a hopping place. Also, OKC loves their basketball team, and who is not to say that the locals would not want to root for another team in blue?
CBS Sports' Jerry Palm projects Kentucky as a 5-seed in the South Region playing against Valparaiso in the opening round. If the Cats advance they would play the winner of a potential Dayton vs. San Diego State matchup.
The kicker in Palm's prediction is not the seed, opponent or region. Instead, it is where the Cats would play their opening games, Denver. It does not make much sense to send a team playing in the South Region all the way out west but that is NCAA logic for you. The good thing is that Denver is a lovely city with a diverse amount of things to do.
The guys at Bracket Matrix, who round up what every website and national outlet projects, has Kentucky registering an average of 4.30, meaning they're pretty comfortably getting projected as a 4-seed. This is probably the seed UK deserves most if the season ended today.
Still, Selection Sunday is a month away, and the Cats have plenty of time to improve their seeding and score an excellent travel destination for the BBN.