Kentucky’s road to the Final Four is becoming easier by the moment, as the Wildcats, the No. 5 seed, are now the top seed heading into the Sweet 16 after a flood of massive upsets and comebacks.
Virginia, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, was upset by Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday night, becoming the first top seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history. Arizona, which everyone thought would be the Wildcats’ opponent in the second round, was dropped by Buffalo 89-68 in the first round.
The madness continued on Saturday as No. 3 seed Tennessee, which had beaten Kentucky two out of three games this season, dropped a stunner to Loyola-Chicago. On Sunday, in a huge comeback, No. 7 seed Nevada came back from 22 points down to overtake No. 2 seed Cincinnati.
This is the first time in NCAA Tournament history that all of the top four seeds in a region failed to make the Sweet 16, per David Worlock, NCAA director of media coordination/statistics.
All of this has set up a path to the Final Four that no Kentucky fan, nor coach John Calipari, could have seen beforehand. Per FiveThirtyEight.com, the Wildcats now have a 60 percent chance of reaching San Antonio and are now the third favorite to win it all, with an 11 percent chance.
Kentucky will take on Kansas State in the Sweet 16 on Thursday, March 22.