Updated: Mar 15
After going nearly two months during the regular season debating if this team would actually receive a NCAA Tournament birth, they get the official green light just two days after their loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals.
After finding their groove in late February, winning 5 of their last six games and piling up Quad 1 wins through the close of the season, we saw a major jump in their chances of not only making the tournament, but receiving a pretty decent seed compared to the thought of not even participating in the event not long ago. The Selection Sunday show aired their broadcast live on Sunday evening, announcing where all 64 teams, plus the play-in games, will be headed for the big dance. Here's where the Cats ended. up at.
Kentucky (21-11) will be a 6 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament's Round of 64. Their game will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina, against 11-seed Providence.
Kentucky opens up as a 3-point favorite over the Providence Friars, which if you may remember, is the team that former Wildcat Bryce Hopkins transferred to just last summer. The game will take place on Friday night, with the official time set for 7:10 p.m. ET. on CBS.
In my opinion, this is about the best draw this team could have asked for based on not necessarily deserving it. Yeah, this region has some tough opponents such as Purdue, Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas State, and even some more brand-name opponents that usually fizzle out in the postseason such as Tennessee and Memphis, but this half of the East Region that Kentucky was placed in is by far the easier side. Assuming the top seeds win through (which is never the case), Kentucky would have to face No. 11 Providence, No. 3 Kansas State, and either No. 7 Michigan State or No. 2 Marquette. Go look at the other regions of the bracket and tell me which one you would trade that path for, cause I'm having a hard time finding one.
The four overall No.1 seeds are Alabama (South Region), Houston (Midwest Region), Kansas (West Region), and Purdue (East Region). The entire bracket can be found below. Who do you have winning the entire thing??