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Bracketology Roundup: Kentucky needs a strong finish for a 1 seed

And they’ll have to do so without Reid Travis for several weeks.

Drew Brown - Sea of Blue

For our last bracketology roundup before we get into the magical month of March, the Kentucky Wildcats are settling into a spot that will make Kentucky fans very happy.

After stomping the No. 1 team in the country last Saturday and taking care of business against Missouri, the Wildcats are solidified as the top 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament as of right now.

In fact, all of the top bracketology prognosticators have Kentucky listed in exactly the same spot. If the tournament started today, the Wildcats would likely be the 2 seed in the South Region, playing in Columbus for the first weekend and then heading to Louisville for the regional round.

In fact, the only real differences come from Kentucky’s opening weekend. Joe Lunardi has produced that only bracket that would have Kentucky opening play against the Radford Highlanders in the opening round.

If seeds hold, the Wildcats would face the Buffalo Bulls and the Purdue Boilermakers on their way to an Elite 8 matchup with the 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers.

ESPN

Both Bracketville and Andy Katz believe the Wildcats will have an in-state battle with the Northern Kentucky Norse in the opening round. They also agree that Purdue would be the Sweet 16 matchup before taking on Virginia.

The only difference between these two as it pertains to Kentucky’s region is the second round opponent. Bracketville lists the Cincinnati Bearcats whereas Katz believes Buffalo will get that 7 seed.

NCAA.com
Bracketville

The final major bracket prediction comes from CBS Sports. That bracket puts Kentucky in an epic matchup with Sister Jean and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the opening game. The following path would include Cincinnati, Purdue, and then Virginia.

CBS

I would guess that Big Blue Nation would sign up for any of these options today if they could. However, another win over Tennessee in Knoxville next weekend and the Cats could move up to the 1 seed line.

Even if the Cats lose in Knoxville, they can still get a 1 seed by winning all of their other remaining games, which includes Quad I matchups with Auburn and Ole Miss. Then, Kentucky likely needs to at least make the SEC Tournament title game, and winning it may be the difference in a 1/2 seed when it’s all said and done.

Would you rather see Kentucky get a 1 seed, or would you prefer a Columbus - Louisville path to the Final Four?