However, with all the excitement that John Calipari’s team has produced through just 11 games, I think it’s fair to say that more attention may be paid to the meaningless projections this season than in years past.
Even though it’s only December, I’ve made up my mind: Regardless of how the UK’s season ends in March (or April), this team is going to rip our hearts out.
Whether they win six games straight in the Big Dance or zero, it’ll be a gut punch to see this thing end.
Kentucky was pegged as a 4 seed in the Midwest region with IU as the 13.
In this projection, Kentucky would play their first game in Pittsburgh. Should they win two games in this totally made-up scenario, the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight would be played in Detroit inside Little Cesar’s Arena.
Personally, I’d thoroughly enjoy pounding Indiana in the NCAA Tournament just a year before the scheduled series picks back up.
As of December 26th, Mike Woodson’s IU squad is leading the Big Ten with an overall record of 9-3 and 2-0 in conference play.
Lunardi tossed in Purdue as the 1, FAU as the 2, and Clemson as the 3 seed in this fictional Midwest bracket.
I guess all in all, I’d probably prefer to stay away from this bracket. As I do think Purdue would struggle to contain Kentucky, it’s a tall task going against a unicorn like Zach Edey.
Then FAU has proven too many times that they shouldn’t be underestimated, so that’s another tough potential draw.
Like most years since John Calipari took over, it’ll be more about how the Cats are playing by the time March Madness rolls around, not their opponents.
Is it March yet?