The SEC Tournament begins this week, but the real funs starts next week when NCAA Tournament play begins.
For the Kentucky Wildcats, they remain firmly in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the South Region, where the Sweet 16/Elite Eight games would be playing in Louisville.
But if Kentucky falls to a 2 seed, could they still play in Louisville?
According to NCAA committee chair Bernard Muir (via Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader), there would be no problem placing Kentucky in the South Region;
Stanford A.D. Bernard Muir, the chair of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, said there would be no problem with bracketing Kentucky as a No. 2 seed with a path to Louisville. No issue with No. 1 seed wondering about fairness playing No. 2 UK in Louisville.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) March 13, 2019
As of now, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi does see Kentucky’s path going through Louisville, as he projects the Cats as the 1 seed in this region. As of now, Duke is the 2 seed, which would potentially set-up an epic elite eight matchup only an hour from Rupp Arena.
However, some other projections have Kentucky as the 1 seed in Louisville with North Carolina as the 1 seed.
The argument for keeping Kentucky away from Louisville is simple for opponents.
Having the Cats play an hour away from their home gym would lead to perhaps one of the biggest home-court advantages in NCAA Tournament history.
In reality, however, the Big Blue Nation always gets in.
Whether it’s painting Nashville blue or making Atlanta “Catlanta,” the seats will be painted blue.
However, playing in Louisville would special for Kentucky, as they’d have an opportunity to clinch their first Final Four trip in four years in their home state.