In an announcement that shocked exactly zero people paying attention, the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats (34-0) were crowned as the number one overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
They’ll be joined by four other SEC teams, 5th seeded Arkansas (who lost to Kentucky 78-63 in the conference tournament championship yesterday), 9th seeded LSU, 10th seeded Georgia and 11th seeded Ole Miss, who will play in the first four game against BYU tomorrow evening.
While rooting against Kentucky has become a national passtime for most outside of the Big Blue Nation, ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas says the Wildcats embody the true spirit of college basketball.
Kentucky (Midwest) is joined at the top by fellow number one seeds Wisconsin (West), Villanova (East) and Duke (South). Bilas also says despite the relative strength at the top of the bracket, this is one of the weakest fields in recent memory.
One of those lower seeded teams that looks strong as they push their way into the tournament is Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team, who after losing to Wisconsin in overtime of the Big Ten Championship yesterday, enter as a seven seed. If you’re looking for a dark horse to make a run, ESPN College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale says look no further than Sparty.
All your SEC schedules in the first round of the tournament are as follows:
11 Ole Miss vs. 11 BYU: (First Four – 9:10 pm Tuesday)
9 LSU vs. 8 NC State: (9:20 pm Thursday)
1 Kentucky vs. 16 Manhattan/Hampton (9:40 pm Thursday)
5 Arkansas vs. 12 Wofford (9:50 pm Thursday)
10 Georgia vs. 7 Michigan State (12:40 Friday)