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How did ESPN’s bracketology view Kentucky’s win at West Virginia?

Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo (3) drives down court past LSU Tigers defenders during UK’s 74-71 win at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo (3) drives down court past LSU Tigers defenders during UK’s 74-71 win at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Kentucky’s come-from-way-way-behind win at West Virginia didn't move the needle as far as Joe Lunardi is concerned.

ESPN’s resident bracketologist has the Cats as a No. 5 seed in his latest brackets, released Monday.

Lunardi has Kentucky in the South Region, opening in Dallas against the winner of a No. 12 seed play-in game between North Carolina State and Boise State in Dayton. According to the prospective bracket, Virginia would be the No. 1 seed in the South, followed by Michigan State at No. 2, Cincinnati at No. 3 and West Virginia at No. 4.

If that were happen -- there’s a long time between now and Selection Sunday -- then John Calipari’s joke/prediction Saturday that the NCAA would find a way to put the Cats and Mountaineers in the same bracket would be true.

[Still angry for UK-Florida non-call?]

Lunardi has Western Kentucky among his “first four out” selections. He has Louisville as the No. 6 seed in the South.

He has seven SEC teams making the field of 68. They are:

▪ Auburn, No. 2 in the East

▪ Tennessee, No. 4 in the West

▪ Kentucky, No. 5 in the South

▪ Florida, No. 5 in the East

▪ Arkansas, No. 9 in the East

▪ Alabama, No. 9 in the Midwest

▪ Texas A&M, No. 11 in the Midwest

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[A Kentucky recruiting class with zero one-and-dones could happen]

Jerry Palm’s latest bracket for CBS Sports has Kentucky as a No. 4 seed in the East.

Kentucky coach John Calipari showed his team a different perspective to prove a point from Saturday’s win at West Virginia.

Kentucky out rebounded West Virginia 29-13 in the second half Saturday. How did that happen?

SEC men’s basketball standings

Team

SEC

Overall

Auburn

7-1

19-2

Florida

6-2

15-6

Kentucky

5-3

16-5

Tennessee

5-3

15-5

Alabama

5-3

14-7

Arkansas

4-4

15-6

South Carolina

4-4

13-8

Ole Miss

4-4

11-10

Miss State

3-5

15-6

Missouri

3-5

13-8

LSU

3-5

12-8

Georgia

3-5

12-8

Texas A&M

2-6

13-8

Vanderbilt

2-6

8-13

SEC men’s basketball schedule this week

Tuesday, Jan. 30

  • 7:00 - Florida at Georgia (SEC)
  • 9:00 - Auburn at Ole Miss (SEC)
  • 9:00 - Vanderbilt at Kentucky (ESPN)
  • 9:00 - Arkansas at Texas A&M (ESPNU)

Wednesday, Jan. 31

  • 6:30 - LSU at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 8:30 - Miss State at South Carolina (SEC)
  • 9:00 - Missouri at Alabama (ESPN2)

Saturday, Feb. 3

  • 2:00 - South Carolina at Texas A&M (ESPN2)
  • 2:00 - Kentucky at Missouri (CBS)
  • 3:30 - Arkansas at LSU (SEC)
  • 4:00 - Alabama at Florida (ESPN)
  • 6:00 - Ole Miss at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 6:00 - Georgia at Miss State (ESPNU)
  • 8:30 - Vanderbilt at Auburn (SEC)
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