The Kentucky Wildcats have struggled to play efficient basketball this season. Okay, that may be an understatement. They look bad...like, really bad. The Wildcats have not started the season off well, and they have fallen out of every ranking imaginable. But this has happened before and the Wildcats have found relative success in tournament time. Is that the case this season?
According to the way too early bracketology, the Wildcats are still slated to make the NCAA Tournament. In fact, they are currently a 9-seed in the most recent prediction.
The trajectory of the college basketball season at this point is completely unpredictable. Will it get canceled all together? Will there be a normal 68 team field, or will it be less? Either way, the Wildcats have some work to do to remain in the field.
Regardless of the draw, the tournament is going to be a complete toss up. What if one team has an outbreak of COVID-19? What if the teams all get the vaccine and the virus is not a factor? Between you and me, as long as Kentucky avoids the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the tournament I assume that is a victory.
The current projection has Kentucky listed as a 9 seed, meaning they would make the tournament in any field with 36 teams or more. If the field has 68 teams, Kentucky’s path to the final four would include Oklahoma, Michigan State, Creighton, and Kansas. We already know they can play with Kansas, and nobody in this region has played like a juggernaut. Given Kentucky’s shaky start, I would sign up for this region today.
However, everything could change between now and March. Kentucky could turn things around. They could end up in the NIT. Or we could all be on spaceships hoping to escape COVID-19 on Mars. But for now, it is way to early to count the Wildcats out of a tournament bid.
Stay tuned here at A Sea of Blue for all Kentucky basketball updates as they aim to turn the season around and cut down a several nets in March.