No joke, Joe Lunardi is already hard at work in his Bracket Bunker. As soon as June 1 rolled around, he posted an updated bracket to ESPN.com.
It’s crazy, but at least he holds the Kentucky Wildcats in high regard in said bracket. He has the Cats as the No. 1 seed in the South Region, putting them in Nashville (where blue would certainly get in).
Immediately you’ll notice that Louisville, UCLA and Wichita St. are all in this bracket, all of which are teams that Kentucky has a history against.
The other No. 1 seeds are Kansas, Arizona and Duke. If nothing else, this tells us that Kentucky is a highly-ranked preseason team. That high preseason ranking is thanks in part to them being one of Lunardi’s biggest “movers” in his latest Behind the Bracket. He lumps them in with Duke as the two most notable movers in his newest bracket.
The Wildcats (late signee Kevin Knox, redshirt Hamidou Diallo) and Blue Devils (late signee Trevon Duval, senior Grayson Allen) both had fortuitous springs and move up from projected No. 2 seeds to their customary place on the top line. The next time we're not talking about Kentucky and Duke as likely No. 1 seeds, let me know. It's their world and we're just living in it.
That’s pretty high talk for a team full of freshmen, but the Cats have the capability to live up to that hype this year.
We appreciate the kind words Joe, but you can stop making brackets now.