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College Basketball Bracketology: Kentucky Basketball getting little respect in ESPN projection

The South Region looks good to me in this latest version.

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats added two more wins to their resume, including a road win over Vanderbilt, but they failed to move up in the latest round of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology.

Lunardi has them as a four seed in the South Region with Virginia as the one, West Virginia as the two, Xavier as the three, and Cincinnati as the five.

Obviously, this will change as the season progresses but if I was given this bracket today I would take it in a heartbeat. Virginia tends to flame out of the NCAA Tournament before the Final Four, having failed to make it there since 1984.

Cincinnati is actually ranked ahead of Kentucky in the polls, but their resume isn’t much, if any better. It would still be a tough matchup, but it’s a better matchup than against a 5 seed like Arizona.

But the story here is that the Wildcats remain a four seed. They don’t have a win over a top 25 team yet and haven’t had many wins over what are currently tournament teams.

Kentucky has defeated 10 seeded Louisville, 8 seeded Texas A&M, and that’s it. They still have plenty of chances to win against Auburn, Florida (twice), Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia. Then they could get more cracks at some of those teams in the SEC Tournament.

And you could make arguments for LSU and Virginia Tech making the Field of 68. That’s two more quality wins Kentucky has. There’s still plenty of chances left for Kentucky to boost its resume and have a higher seed if things fall into place.