The Kentucky Wildcats were scheduled to enter the SEC Tournament as the conference’s top-overall team. If they were to win that automatic bid, the Wildcats were a lock for a top seed in the then-upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Now, we sadly know that March Madness is cancelled with little hope that it will be reinstated at a later date.
As many can understand, the nationally-watched tournament was canceled for Coronavirus or Covid-19 that is sweeping the nation, now dubbed a pandemic. With the games drawing such large crowds and many of the players and team personnel exposed themselves, they opted to just cancel it entirely.
This was a move that was criticized by some, but it widely considered the right call. As for Kentucky, they were set for a deep run in the SEC Tournament, having won nine of their last ten outings.
With Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards playing the best basketball of their career, Kentucky was undoubtedly going to be a team opponents didn’t want to face in the first few rounds.
Their recent success was noted by ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, who named them a two-seed in his final bracket showing.
Lunardi, via CatsPause, also awarded the second seed to Creighton, Florida State and San Diego State. Of those three, Kentucky certainly seems like the most dangerous opponent. As for the No. 1 seeds, those went to Kansas, Dayton, Baylor and Gonzaga.
Unfortunately, we won’t find out how well the Wildcats would’ve performed in March, but one can assume that Ashton Hagans would’ve stepped up and Tyrese Maxey could’ve found his rhythm.
If all went well, this team was headed for their second-straight Elite Eight appearance with title hopes still in the air.