It seems every year the Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari have a rough ride through the NCAA Tournament.
This season is no different.
Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News says the Cats get slapped again with the tournament bracket.
What would an NCAA Tournament be without Kentucky getting slapped upside the head with a bracket?
I mean, really, when’s the last time you looked at where the Wildcats were placed in the field and said, “Cakewalk!” OK, maybe you’d never say “cakewalk” under any circumstance. It’s a pretty lame expression. If you’re a Kentucky fan, though, you don’t even need a preferable synonym handy. It never comes up.
Sunday evening, the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed and Kentucky was placed as the No. 2 seed in the South Region, whose games will be played in Memphis. The Wildcats will start in Indianapolis against No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky. All good there, on a micro level. The NCAAs are a macro world, though. One game leads to the next, and then to the next.
The “next” for Kentucky? Possibly a second-round game against Wichita State, which is 30-4.
And next? Possibly UCLA, which beat the Wildcats at Rupp Arena in December and is 29-4.
And next? Possibly North Carolina, which the committee judged to be the third-strongest of the No. 1 seeds.
I am sure every Kentucky fan agrees with this one.