Kentucky’s road to the Final Four is becoming easier by the moment, as the Wildcats, the No. 5 seed, are now the top seed heading into the Sweet 16 after a flood of massive upsets and comebacks.
Virginia, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, was upset by Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday night, becoming the first top seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history. Arizona, who everyone thought would be the Wildcats’ opponent in the 2nd round, was dropped by Buffalo 89-68 in the 1st round.
The madness continued on Saturday as No. 3 seed Tennessee, who had beaten Kentucky two out of three games this season, dropped a stunner to Loyola-Chicago. On Sunday, in a huge comeback, No. 7 seed Nevada came back from 22 points to take down No. 2 seed Cincinnati.
All of this has set up a path to the Final Four that no Kentucky fan, nor coach John Calipari, could have seen coming in. Per FiveThirtyEight.com, the Wildcats now have a 60% chance of reaching San Antonio and are now the third favorite to win it all, with a 11% chance.
Kentucky will take on the winner of the ongoing Kansas State-UMBC game.
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