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Kentucky basketball takes a drop in latest bracketology

Kentucky freshman forward PJ Washington (25) finds shooting tough against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Reed Arena in College Station, TC. Texas A&M defeated Kentucky 85-74.
Kentucky freshman forward PJ Washington (25) finds shooting tough against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Reed Arena in College Station, TC. Texas A&M defeated Kentucky 85-74. Lexington Herald-Leader

Even after losses to Missouri and Tennessee, ESPN’s resident bracketologist Joe Lunardi had been stubbornly sticking with Kentucky as a No. 5 seed in his latest NCAA Tournament projections. Not anymore.

In his newest brackets, released Monday morning, Lunardi has dropped the Cats to a No. 8 seed after UK’s 85-74 loss at Texas A&M. Lunardi has Kentucky playing No. 9 seed Florida State in Nashville. The winner would play the winner of No. 1 seed Xavier vs. No. 16 seed UNC-Asheville.

Lunardi has eight SEC members in his 68-team bracket.

▪ Auburn: No. 2 seed in Midwest

▪ Florida: No. 4 seed in East

▪ Tennessee: No. 4 seed in South

▪ Alabama: No. 7 seed in East

▪ Texas A&M: No. 7 seed in West

▪ Kentucky: No. 8 seed in Midwest

▪ Missouri: No. 9 seed in South

▪ Arkansas: No. 10 seed in South

Meanwhile, Jerry Palm at CBS Sports has Kentucky as a No. 7 seed in his latest brackets.

Here is where Kentucky stands in latest computer rankings:

▪ Kentucky is 33rd in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. The Cats are ranked 58th in adjusted offensive efficiency. They are ranked 21st in adjust defensive efficiency.

▪ As of Monday morning, Kentucky is 18th in the RPI. UK’s strength of schedule is ranked sixth by RPI.

▪ Jeff Sagarin’s computer ranks Kentucky 20th overall and 11th in strength of schedule.

Kentucky men’s basketball 2017-18

Date

Opponent

UK

Opp

Dec

Rec

SEC

11/10/17

Utah Valley

73

63

W

1-0

11/12/17

Vermont

73

69

W

2-0

11/14/17

vsKansas (chicago)

61

65

L

2-1

11/17/17

East Tennessee

78

61

W

3-1

11/20/17

Troy

70

62

W

4-1

11/22/17

Fort Wayne

86

67

W

5-1

11/26/17

UIC

107

73

W

6-1

12/2/17

Harvard

79

70

W

7-1

12/9/17

vsMonmouth (New York)

93

76

W

8-1

12/16/17

Virginia Tech

93

86

W

9-1

12/23/17

vsUCLA (New Orleans)

75

83

L

9-2

12/29/17

Louisville

90

61

W

10-2

12/31/17

Georgia

66

61

W

11-2

1-0

1/3/18

@LSU

74

71

W

12-2

2-0

1/6/18

@Tennessee

65

76

L

12-3

2-1

1/9/18

Texas A&M

74

73

W

13-3

3-1

1/13/18

@Vanderbilt

74

67

W

14-3

4-1

1/16/18

@South Carolina

68

76

L

14-4

4-2

1/20/18

Florida

64

66

L

14-5

4-3

1/23/18

Mississippi St

78

65

W

15-5

5-3

1/27/18

@West Virginia

83

76

W

16-5

1/30/18

Vanderbilt

83

81

W*

17-5

6-3

2/3/18

@Missouri

60

69

L

17-6

6-4

2/6/18

Tennessee

59

61

L

17-7

6-5

2/10/18

@Texas A&M

74

85

L

17-8

6-6

2/14/18

@Auburn

2/17/18

Alabama

2/20/18

@Arkansas

2/24/18

Missouri

2/28/18

Ole Miss

3/3/18

@Florida

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