Skip to main content

Kentucky Is The Biggest Beneficiary Of Virginia's Historic Loss

Virginia players crying after loss to UMBC.

There's no such thing as an easy road in the NCAA Tournament, but Kentucky fans have to like what they see in the South Region right now.

When the NCAA Tournament field was unveiled on Sunday night, Kentucky fans - and head coach John Calipari - thought the Wildcats had been hosed. Kentucky was given a 5-seed and placed in the same region as 4-seed Arizona, the Pac-12 champs, and 1-seed Virginia, the ACC champs.

Well, neither of those teams made it out of the first round.

Arizona, on Thursday night, fell to Buffalo in a stunner. Virginia, a night later, became the first 1-seed to ever lose in the first round, falling to UMBC.

Kentucky, now seemingly have a much more straightforward route to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats will get 12-seed Buffalo on Saturday, and if they win, they'll get either 9-seed Kansas State or 16-seed UMBC in the Sweet 16.

If they survive those two contests, they could get 2-seed Cincinnati. But that's pretty far in the future.

Of course, this is the NCAA Tournament, so nothing is guaranteed. If Buffalo plays like it did last night, the Wildcats could be going home early too.

Kentucky takes on Buffalo Saturday at 5:15 PM ET.