As we approach March, Joe Lunardi’s bracketology predictions are starting to actually mean something. In the latest projection, he has moved Kentucky up to a No. 2 seed.
If he were correct, they’d be a No. 2 seed in the Midwest, dealing with Kansas as their No. 1 seed. There’d also be a potential Elite Eight matchup with Duke (eye roll).
Wichita State is in the same bracket as a No. 8 seed, worth noting since Kentucky ruined the Shockers’ perfect season not long ago. On top of that, Michigan State is in there as a No. 9 seed.
Kentucky handled them easily early in the year, but the Spartans are picking up a head of steam, and Izzo’s teams are usually tough to beat in the tournament.
I can’t see Kentucky losing in the first weekend of this bracket, frankly because they can literally just run away from their potential matchups.
Over at CBS Sports, Jerry Palm’s latest projection has Kentucky earning a No. 3 in what turns into the region of death in the South. North Carolina (1), UCLA (2), West Virginia (4) and Notre Dame (5) are also included, making this the clear-cut hardest region of the four.
But while this may be the region of death, USA Today has Kentucky landing in what could be called the region of success. It comes as a No. 3 seed in the West Region with Oregon (1), Gonzaga (2), Duke (4), Cincinnati (5) and Creighton (6) standing between the Cats and a Four Four berth. That’s about as favorable of a region as Kentucky can hope for, even if it is all the way out in San Jose.
The guys at Bracket Matrix, who round up what every website and national outlet projects, has Kentucky registering an average of 2.64, meaning they're just barely getting projected as a 2-seed.
How do you all like these projected brackets?