From beginning to end, this has been one of the wilder college basketball regular seasons in recent memory.
With only a few games left before conference tournaments open, we continue to see top-25 teams dropping like flies to unranked foes, even into the top 10. The latest examples of this feature No. 8 Iowa losing at home Wednesday to a Wisconsin team previously on the outside looking of the NCAA Tournament bubble.
The same may hold true of Colorado, who just pulled off a monster home win over No. 9 Arizona on Wednesday. We even saw No. 1 Villanova go down, but no one is faulting them for losing at No. 5 Xavier.
Still, this has been a crazy regular season that will hopefully continue into the postseason. That may be good for the Kentucky Wildcats, who despite losing seven games before SEC play even ends, may end up earning as high as a No. 2 seed in the tourney.
That is, if they can win out, which will be no easy task with road games at Florida and at Vanderbilt, not to mention the SEC Tournament. Winning that will be more difficult than people realize with the SEC having anywhere between 5-7 teams in the Big Dance.
For now, most of the bracketology experts view UK as a No. 4 seed. CBS Sports' Jerry Palm projects Kentucky as a 4 seed in the Midwest Region playing against Hawai'i in Spokane. If the Cats advance, they would play the winner of Iowa State vs. San Diego State.
ESPN's 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 Indiana or Valparaiso if they advance. I think Wildcats vs Hoosiers in the tourney would draw quite a bit of attention.
SB Nation has UK staying in the South Region as the 4 seed playing Arkansas Little-Rock in Spokane. Then comes a potential matchup with Purdue or San Diego State.
USA Today Sports put the Cats in the West Region as the 4 seed playing Akron in Denver. Then would come a matchup with the winner of Iowa State vs Valparaiso.
The Bracket Project also has UK in the West Region, though this one has playing Hawai'i in Denver. Then comes a date with either Iowa State or Valparaiso again.
As far as 1 seeds, UK drew Kansas once, Oklahoma twice, Virginia once and Xavier once. The most common 4 vs 5 matchup is UK vs Iowa State, which was projected three times. The Cyclones are a very talented team that's taken down Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma, so they can go toe to toe with the best of em.
In fact, if you take away their 2-point loss to Northern Iowa (every team is allowed one bad loss in my book), all of their other losses have come to teams with an RPI of no worse than 27.
Of all these potential matchups, seedings and regions, which do you like best for UK?