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Kentucky now projected as a 3 seed in NCAA Tournament

The Cats keep climbing as the postseason nears.

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The Kentucky Wildcats continue to trend up as the NCAA Tournament inches closer.

Thanks to 13 wins in their last 15 games, the Wildcats have gone from being projected as a 6 seed to now being comfortably pegged as a 4 seed.

As it turns out, ESPN Bracketology guru Joe Lunardi now has Kentucky as the final 3 seed if Selection Sunday was today:

This would suggest that not only would the Cats get a 3 seed if they win out, but they also could be in the running for a 2 seed if they get enough help. There’s probably not much separation between 21-5 Kentucky and teams like the 21-6 Creighton Bluejays, 22-5 Louisville Cardinals, 22-4 Florida State Seminoles, and 19-7 Seton Hall Pirates. Louisville and Florida State actually have to play each other one more time in the regular season.

However, it may be better for Kentucky to end up as a high 3 seed instead of the final 2 seed. The Selection Committee usually determines what regions teams play in based on how high on the seed line they are.

So, if Kentucky is the highest 3 seed, they’ll have a better chance of landing in the Midwest Region, where the Sweet 16/Elite Eight take place in Indianapolis, which is just about a three-hour drive from Lexington.

But if they end up being the lowest 2 seed, they could get shipped out to the West Region and have to play in Los Angeles for the second weekend of the tournament.

Saying all of this, it’s good to see Kentucky has a chance to earn a 3 seed after all of the peaks and valleys this team has gone through. When they began the season 8-3, virtually no one thought this team would be 21-5 two months later.