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Monday Headlines: Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament Path Edition

The Wildcats received a solid NCAA Tournament draw. Will they take make anything of it?

John Calipari Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

Selection Sunday was more than kind to Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball this year. In fact, after Kentucky’s one-and-done loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament, John Calipari’s team was incredibly fortunate to land the seed and path they did.

The Wildcats are the No. 6 seed in the East Region and will face the No. 11 seed Providence Friars in the first round. Yes, that’s the same Providence that former Wildcat Bryce Hopkins plays for.

After not receiving hardly any opportunity last year, Hopkins transferred and has averaged 16.1 points with 8.5 rebounds for the Friars this season. He’s been the highlight of their season, with both his point and rebound averages leading the team.

Kentucky and Providence will face off during the Friday evening session in Greensboro, NC with tip-off scheduled for 7:10 PM ET. Kentucky opened as 4-point favorites and ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is giving the Wildcats a 62.7% chance of victory.

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones pointed out that Kentucky received a favorable draw and he’s not wrong. After two losses to Vanderbilt in less than 10 days — a team that did not make the NCAA Tournament — they could have had a much worse seed/path.

After bowing out in the first round of this past weekend’s SEC Tournament, Kentucky will look to avoid another quick exit in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are just 1-3 in their last four postseason games and their fans are desperate for some sort of postseason run.

Any room for error is gone, as a loss officially ends Kentucky’s season. It’s hard to imagine this Kentucky team making a Final Four run, but they do have the hall of fame coach and veteran roster to make some magic happen.

Whether or not Kentucky has what it takes, fans will find out soon enough.

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