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College Basketball Bracketology: Kentucky Wildcats stand pat in ESPN projection

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A fresh bracketology with the regular season winding down.

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

A new day, a new bracketology from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

Despite three straight wins by the Kentucky Wildcats, they’re still checking in as a 5 seed in the Midwest Region.

That’s the same seed projection UK got last week, landing in the Midwest Region with the Xavier Musketeers as the top seed.

UK’s first game would come against Loyola-Chicago, followed by a likely Round of 32 matchup with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The Michigan State Spartans (2), Cincinnati Bearcats (3), Florida Gators (6), Arkansas Razorbacks (8) also make this region. That’s three SEC teams in one region, which isn’t a surprise since the league gets eight teams in this 68-team projection.

Also making the big Dance are the Auburn Tigers (3), Tennessee Volunteers (3), Texas A&M Aggies (7), Alabama Crimson Tide (9), and Missouri Tigers (9). Of the eight SEC teams in this projection, UK now has four wins against them.

The Cas and Gators will face off this Saturday, a game that could see the winner get the higher seed in the Big Dance.

Or, UK can win and likely continue to move up the seed line. If the Cats can win their final two regular season games and win 1-2 SEC Tournament games, they should climb up to a 4 seed but almost certainly won’t get anything less than a 5 seed.

If UK can win out, including the SEC Tournament, they should be in contention for a 3 seed, but they’ll still need some other teams ahead of them to lose in the coming weeks.