With the 82-78 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers, the Kentucky Wildcats took themselves out of contention of a one seed.
But all may not be lost. Kentucky still could get a favorable path by getting a two seed in the Louisville regional. The only downside is that they could have to play the Duke Blue Devils in the Elite Eight. But oh well. To win a title you have to beat the best.
The loss yesterday was a real bummer because Kentucky was the better team. The non-stop flopping of Grant Williams and the lobbying of refs by the entire UT roster changed the way the game was called down the stretch.
But the fatal blow came when Reid Travis was fouled out of the game thanks to two extremely questionable calls which will be highlighted below.
Tweets of the Day
It’s actually even better than I thought. Williams starts his flinch BEFORE Travis tries to free his arm. pic.twitter.com/QQS5Ie0G1I— Meisterbuerger (@meisterbuerger) March 17, 2019
If Grant Williams actually ever got hit this hard he would disintegrate. pic.twitter.com/bOLGNGnkX8— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
5th foul on Reid Travis pic.twitter.com/PEbJKt3w5P— Ryan Stamper (@ryanstamper30) March 16, 2019
Cats still hoping to land in Louisville | WDRB- This is the silver lining from yesterday. It could still be a very happy Selection Sunday if this happens.
Kentucky could still find growth | Cats Pause- There are things Kentucky could improve upon and even though he was mad, John Calipari will find some things to emphasize in March.
Joe Lunardi has UK out West | ESPN- It would be a pain in the butt to have to go to Anaheim but I’ll take this bracket all day.
Pre Selection Predictions | CBS- Matt Norlander says the Cats will be the one Final Four team that everyone predicted to be there. Of course the rest have Duke.
Sporting News seeding predictions | Sporting News- Here Kentucky is a two seed with Tennessee, Michigan, and Michigan State. That’s good company to be in.
Kentucky a two seed according to USA Today | USA Today- I think this is the least likeliest scenario therefore it will be the one that happens.
Abbey Cheek homer secures win | UK Athletics- The UK softball team clinched the series over the Mississippi State Bulldogs 9-8 thanks to a late home run from Cheek.
UK baseball drops double header | UK Athletics- The baseball team is finding winning a little more difficult to come by than the softball team. They lost a double header to #11 LSU 5-4 and 14-6.
Looking for the brightside after a gut punch of a loss | Cats Pause- One of the things here that is true is that John Calipari isn’t too sad about leaving Nashville a day early.