Kentucky is a No. 4 seed with a 3 in sight in ESPN's new Bracketology

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With the first day of March comes new Bracketology updates. Today, at least three Bracketologists updated their NCAA Tournament projections, reflecting the results of the midweek games throughout college basketball. For Kentucky, that meant the comeback win in Starkville as an underdog, coming off the blowout of first-place Alabama on Saturday. Our pal Joe Lunardi thought highly of those wins. Two others still need to see more. Let’s review the new brackets.

ESPN: No. 4 seed

Kentucky’s win at Mississippi State moved the Wildcats to the No. 4 seed line in Joe Lunardi’s new update to his NCAA Tournament projection. ESPN’s Bracketology has Kentucky as the No. 13 overall seed, spending the first weekend in Spokane, Washington, where Vermont awaits as the first opponent, followed by No. 5 seed Washington State or No. 12 seed Appalachian State in the second round. Win those and the Wildcats are off to Boston to play for the East Region’s spot in the Final Four. In Boston, No. 1 UConn would be the likely Sweet 16 opponent, then No. 2 North Carolina or No. 3 Baylor would be the last team standing between Kentucky and the program’s 18th Final Four.

ESPN Bracketology

As the No. 13 overall seed, Kentucky is close to climbing onto that No. 3 seed line, according to Lunardi.

CBS Sports: No. 5 seed

Over at CBS Sports, Jerry Palm needs to see more before Kentucky makes his No. 4 seed line. Palm and CBS kept Kentucky among the No. 5 seeds in today’s update, sending them to Pittsburgh for opening weekend games in the Midwest Region. First, Kentucky draws No. 12 Samford, then the winner of… oh no… No. 4 Duke and No. 13 Appalachian State. If Palm wanted our attention, he has it with that potential second-round matchup between Kentucky and Duke. Can you imagine?

CBS Sports Bracketology

USA Today: No. 5 seed

Like CBS, the Bracketologists at USA Today want more from the Wildcats before Kentucky crosses over into the No. 4 seed line. In USA Today’s new projection, Kentucky heads to Spokane to play Appalachian State in the first round, then either No. 4 San Diego State or No. 13 Louisiana Tech in the second. In this scenario, Purdue is the No. 1 seed in Kentucky’s region, setting up the Wildcats and Boilermakers in Detroit in the Midwest’s Sweet 16 game. Marquette and Duke, a couple of tournament villains, are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.

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