We’re just days away from the calendar turning to February, which means the NCAA Tournament isn’t far off.
The Kentucky Wildcats, who’ve won seven of eight following an 8-3 start, are starting to hit their stride as they continue to build their postseason resume, which is starting to lead to some favorable bracketology projections.
Perhaps none have been more appealing for UK than what ESPN’s latest projection has, where the Cats are a 4 seed with undefeated San Diego State as the top seed in the East Region.
If UK were to advance to the Elite Eight and play all of the highest seeds, they’d need to beat North Texas, Creighton, San Diego State and Seton Hall to make the Final Four. While it would be challenging, that’s about as ‘easy’ of a path to Atlanta as a 4 seed can hope for.
The latest projection from NBC Sports also has UK as a 4 seed but in the South Region with Baylor as the top seed:
SB Nation has a similar projection with UK being a 4 seed in the South with a potential road of New Mexico State, Rutgers, Baylor and Florida State to make the Final Four.
Over at CBS Sports, Jerry Palm gave UK a less favorable projection with the Cats being a 5 seed and Gonzaga as the 1 in the West Region.
This path could feature UK playing a sneaky-good East Tennessee State team in the first game, followed by potential matchups with Michigan State, Gonzaga and Dayton for a spot in the Final Four.
While UK has already beaten the Spartans, that was without Joshua Langford, who could be back in time for the postseason, which would make them far more difficult to defeat, and that’s just for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Then having to play Gonzaga on the West Coast could turn into a de facto road game for the Wildcats. But I’d just about be more afraid of the Spartans with Langford than Gonzaga.
Saying all of this, which of these projections do you like most for the Wildcats?