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Kentucky's NCAA Tournament Draw Has Been The Easiest Of Any Team By Far

Kentucky basketball player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dribbling past an Ole Miss defender.

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 28: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball against the Ole Miss Rebels during the game at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Last Sunday night, after the 2018 NCAA Tournament bracket was released, John Calipari began to boast about how difficult Kentucky's draw was.

“Is ours like the toughest again?” Calipari asked. “Like, by far? Is anyone in here surprised? We’re not playing on Thursday, right? Because we just got done playing today.

We’re playing on Thursday? Oh, but we’re close?” (reporter says they’re in Boise). “Anchorage or Boise? It is what it is. They’re not going to make it easy for us, and they can all say, ‘This is all by the numbers and all that.’ OK.”

On paper, it did look tough. Kentucky's path to an Elite Eight presumably included games against uber-talented Arizona and the No. 1 overall seed in Virginia.

Fast forward a week, though, and Coach Cal should be thanking the NCAA Tournament selection committee. No one has had an easier draw than the Wildcats.

Kentucky cruised past No. 12 seed Davidson in the first round. In the second round today, the Wildcats got No. 13 seed Buffalo. The Bulls played them tough, but UK's athleticism was simply too much.

UK's Sweet 16 opponent has yet to be set, but it'll be either No. 9 seed Kansas State or No. 16 seed UMBC.

Oh, and that game is being played in Atlanta. Big Blue Nation will surely be out in force.

This isn't Kentucky's fault, of course. Stuff like this happens every year. The bracket always opens up for a couple of teams.

The Wildcats still need to take advantage. They have so far - will they continue to?