But while the various bracketology projections are interesting to keep track of, they’re by no means an official ranking of where Kentucky would be if Selection Sunday took place today.
However, we’ll see the first real projection this Saturday, as the NCAA is set to hold another Bracket Preview Show:
Now that football season is behind us, college basketball can dominate the sports landscape for the next two months. On Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET on CBS), the men's basketball committee will release its top 16 teams (through Friday's games) on the 3rd annual Bracket Preview Show.— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) February 4, 2019
The first time the NCAA had a bracket preview show was back in the 2016-17 season. It came as the slumping Cats, who had lost three of five games, were just starting to get going, and they were named the final 3 seed in the initial reveal. They ended up winning out in the regular season and ultimately earned the highest 2 seed.
Last year, Kentucky was not among the NCAA’s initial top 16, as they were projected as a 7 seed at the time. They too finished strong and ultimately earned a 5 seed.
This year, Kentucky is firmly in the 2 seed range and could even be a 1 seed in the initial ranking, depending on how this week plays out. Kentucky is probably the first or second 2 seed if the tournament began today. Unless there are some major upsets this week, that’s probably the range they’ll be in this Saturday.
That’s even more likely if the committee puts a strong emphasis on NET, where Kentucky is currently ranked No. 6 behind the likes of Michigan, Tennessee, Duke, Gonzaga and Virginia.
Of course, you could make a good argument that Kentucky’s overall resume is better than Gonzaga and Michigan, so it wouldn’t be a total shock to see the Wildcats get that final 1 seed in these initial projections.
What seed do you think Kentucky will get?