With Davion Mintz back in the fold, Kentucky will be a much more dangerous squad come March, according to Joe Lunardi. Joey Brackets released a new way-too-early Bracketology this morning and the Cats jumped from a No. 4 seed to a No. 2 seed and are designated as an automatic qualifier. In his previous Bracketology update in June, Lunardi had Alabama winning the SEC Tournament to clinch the conference’s automatic bid.
“The biggest moves come within the No. 2 seeds, where major transfer news and potential NBA draft returnees have boosted the stock of both Texas and Kentucky,” Lunardi wrote. “The Longhorns were a No. 5 seed last month, and the Wildcats slotted as a No. 4.”
Lunardi has Kentucky in the Midwest Region with Kansas as the No. 1 seed. The hypothetical draw is pretty gorgeous, and includes a potential second round game vs. Illinois, which could get even spicier if Kofi Cockburn also leaves Urbana-Champaign for Lexington.
Lunardi’s No. 1 seeds are Gonzaga, Kansas, UCLA, and Michigan. From the SEC, Kentucky is the highest seed (No. 2), followed by Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee (No. 4s), Auburn (No. 6), LSU (No. 8), and Florida (No. 9).
Lunardi’s draws are never anything to get worked up about, but how much would you pay for this to be Kentucky’s real path to the national championship?