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College basketball bracketology: UK drops in new ESPN projection

The Wildcats have apparently not impressed Joe Lundardi.

Kentucky v Hampton Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his weekly bracketology update on Thursday, and the Kentucky Wildcats have dropped from a 2 seed to a 3 seed in the new version.

On December 7th, the Wildcats were a 2 seed in the south region where Kansas was the No. 1. The newest seeding puts Kentucky at No. 3 in the west region where Wichita State takes the top spot.

Of course, Kentucky has only played one quality opponent in Kansas and that was a loss. However, the upcoming schedule of Virginia Tech, UCLA, and Louisville could help Kentucky’s RPI and raise their seed...if they are able to get some wins.

However, looking at this region I think Kentucky fans would be happy to sign up for this today. No Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina, or Kansas? This route would be manageable for the young Wildcats if they are firing on all cylinders at that point.

Although Arizona State has been very strong early, this could end up in another rematch between Kentucky and the Wichita State Shockers, this time with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

It should also be noted that Lunardi has seven SEC teams slated to make the big dance: Kentucky, Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. Texas A&M would be the top seed from that group as a No. 2 in the midwest region, where their path to the Final Four would run through both Kansas and Michigan State.

So do you think a No. 3 seed is appropriate for this group of Wildcats? Would you be excited or bummed about the region they are currently projected to be in?