Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology over at ESPN is updated, and it has Kentucky still holding on to the 1 seed in the South Regional.
In this projection, Kentucky would open up against the play-in winner of Weber State/New Orleans in Indianapolis, followed by a matchup against either TCU or USC in the second round.
Kentucky’s Sweet 16 matchup would then likely be either Notre Dame (4) or Wisconsin (5). The bottom half of the region has Florida State as the 2 seed and Butler as the 3 seed.
Just having the Badgers and Irish make this a tough region, but the surging Noles as the 2 seed would be very dangerous as well.
Kansas, Villanova, and Baylor join Kentucky as 1 seeds. Florida State, North Carolina, Gonzaga, and Arizona make up the 2 seed line.
Florida (6), South Carolina (7), and Arkansas (9) join Kentucky as teams from the SEC to make the tournament. Georgia is among Lunardi’s First Four Out.
The ACC is the conference with the most projected bids, with 10 total. The Big Ten is not far behind with eight projected bids.
Over at CBS Sports, Jerry Palm’s latest projection may be the toughest of them all. He has UK as a 2 seed with Villanova (1), Oregon (3), North Carolina (4), and West Virginia (6) also in this region.
That would be considered the Group of Death UK ends up in more often than not, so maybe this is the most accurate projection.
The most recent Busting Brackets projection has UK earning a No. 2 seed in the West with Gonzaga being the top seed. Even though you’d like to see UK be the 1, having the Bulldogs as their biggest ‘threat’ would be nice.
Creighton makes it as a 3 seed, but without Maurice Watson (torn ACL), they’re not a major threat to UK. Louisville as the 4 seed is probably the biggest threat to UK winning that region.
Elsewhere, the guys at SB Nation recently ranked the 16 teams in best position to earn a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. They have UK coming in at No. 2 behind only Villanova. Kansas (3), Gonzaga (4), and UCLA (5) round out the top five.
The guys at Bracket Matrix, who round up what every website and national outlet projects, has Kentucky registering an average of 1.46, meaning they're getting projected as a 1-seed more often than not.
How do you all like these projected brackets?