Kentucky would only be a No. 5 seed in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology projection if the big dance started today.
The Wildcats (13-4, 3-2) fell three seeds after dropping their fourth game of the season to Auburn last weekend. Kentucky would face No. 12 seed Arkansas-Little Rock in Denver in the South Regional. A potential matchup with Miami (FL) or William & Mary would await if the Wildcats were to advance to the Round of 32.
The SEC had four teams listed in Lunardi’s mid-January projection. Texas A&M received the highest seed among SEC teams in the field. The Aggies (15-2, 5-0) moved up to a No. 3 seed after taking down Florida and Georgia last week. Texas A&M was matched up with Memphis in Oklahoma City in the East Regional.
South Carolina also stumbled in Lunardi’s prediction after suffering its first loss of the season to Alabama last week. Lunardi gave the Gamecocks a No. 7 seed in the South Regional and matched them up against Colorado in Des Moines, Iowa.
The final SEC team in Lunardi’s Bracketology field was Florida. The Gators earned a No. 10 seed after losing to Texas A&M and beating Ole Miss last week.
There were also a couple of SEC teams knocking on the door of Lunardi’s 68-team field. LSU was listed as the first team left out of the field and Vanderbilt was listed two spots behind the Tigers in the “First Four Out” group. The Tigers and Commodores each held serve on home court with a pair of victories last week.