Kentucky’s comeback win over West Virginia didn’t move the Cats up a seed line in the new Bracketology, but it did give them a more favorable path.
Joe Lunardi still has Kentucky as a five-seed, this time in the South Region, playing opening round games in Dallas, including a potential rematch with four-seed West Virginia in the second round. The top seeds in the South are (1) Virginia and (2) Michigan State.
Getting wrapped up in hypothetical matchups a month and a half before the tournament begins is pointless, but it’s worth noting that this draw is significantly better than last week’s, which had Kentucky in Duke’s region with a potential second round matchup with Arizona.
How important is Saturday’s win? It gives Kentucky a much-needed “Quadrant One” win, which will be crucial come March. Here’s Kentucky’s latest team sheet from the NCAA:
Don’t forget, the Selection Committee will reveal their top 16 teams on February 11. A week ago, it seemed there was no way the Cats would be on that list, but the win in Morgantown at least puts them in the conversation.