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UK Wildcats Basketball: How Did Those Predictions Fare?


A couple of weeks before the NCAA Tournament started, I tweeted a few predictions about how I thought the Tournament might play out. They were made well before the brackets were released and, therefore, were made without any knowledge of how teams would be seeded and any subsequent matchups that would result.

Now that the tournament is over, Big Blue Nation has had time to move on from the loss to Connecticut, and excitement for next season begins to build, let’s see how those predictions turned out.

Prediction #1: 

No conference was more overhyped than the Big XII. This was the easiest prediction to make and the one in which I felt most confident. Now, I will admit to picking Iowa State as one of my Final Four teams once the bracket was released. But neither they, nor any other Big XII team, made it beyond the Sweet 16. Indeed, of the 7 Big XII teams that made the tournament, only 2—Baylor and Iowa State—advanced past the first weekend. Three teams—Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State—bowed out in the Round of 64.

Prediction #2: 

After starting the season 25-0, Syracuse limped into the NCAA Tournament, going 2-5 over their final 7 games of the season (to include the ACC Tournament). Syracuse almost always seems to be that team that does extremely well in the regular season only to disappoint in the tournament. I’ve never trusted the Orange and I wasn’t about to begin this year. So, while many analysts had them pegged much of the season as a Final Four team, I did not. However, while I correctly predicted Syracuse would not make the Final Foul, I was incorrect in predicting an ACC team would. In fact, of the 6 ACC teams to make the field, only one, Virginia, made the Sweet 16.

Prediction #3:

With seemingly so much parity in college basketball this year, this one seemed like a sure thing. And it was! Times two! Not only did Kansas bow out of the tournament in the Round of 32, losing to (10) Stanford but Villanova lost to (7) Connecticut.

Prediction #4:

Three of the 4 #1 seeds advanced to the Sweet 16. Kentucky prevented the fourth from joining them.

Prediction #5:

Thank you ‘Cats for proving me wrong. Thank you.

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