Throughout the Kentucky vs. Cincinnati game, the Wildcats and Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis battled it out and had many scuffles throughout the game. After the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats in the round of 32, the Kentucky fans decided to start another fight. You knew the Wildcat fans did not like Ellis if you watched the game but after they took it to a whole different level. Tweets were sent out at Ellis calling him names and using multiple racial epithets. Kentucky won the game, chill fan (like fam but they’re fans lol). There wasn’t any reason for them to send these but they decided to continue the stereotype of obnoxious Kentucky fans. Chris Bains, a writer for Cincyontheprowl.com wrote, “Classy, Big Blue Nation. Always the epitome of a normal, stable group of human beings.” Clearly a joke…. because they aren’t classy. I don’t understand that someone can be so morally low that they feel the need to send out the offensive tweets. Thankfully UK fan and actress Ashley Judd apologized on behalf of all of the UK fans saying, “Just as many Arkansas fans apologized to me for what a few of their fan base directed at me, with the whole of my soul, on my knees, I apologize to Octavius and his entire family for remarks made by some fans of my team.” This doesn’t make anything the people did better but it shows at least one UK fan has some decency.
1. Kentucky- I think this is semi-self explainable but Kentucky has just been dominant this year. Going 31-0 in the regular season is kind of a big deal considering it hasn’t been achieved since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. They have the best front court in the country in my opinion and although they have had some close games, they are still 31-0 and the favorite to win it all.
2. Duke- Duke came into the year one of the favorites, and they still are. Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have been exactly what the Blue Devils needed them to be. Going 29-3 with losses to Notre Dame (#8 at the time), NC State, and Miami is still a good resumé and will get them the 1 seed without a problem.
3. Virginia- People might not enjoy watching Virginia as much as a Duke or Kentucky because of their calm, relaxed play, but Virginia is good. They went 29-2 and had quality wins against UNC, Notre Dame, and Louisville. The thing that scares me about them is that they have a lot of close wins, although they manage to win them, still scary.
4. Wisconsin- This is the hardest one to pick because Villanova could easily switch with them but I think Wisconsin has a better chance. Having Wooden Award contender Frank Kaminsky down low provides a big matchup problem for most defenses and they are a very balanced team. They went 29-3 with losses to good teams such as Duke and Maryland but then had a rough loss against a bad Rutgers team.
Wildcard- Michigan Wolverines- If this team manages to sneak into the tournament, which is very unlikely, they are bound to cause some upsets. Injuries have plagued Michigan’s season but the team morale is high. Aubrey Dawkins is on a tear right now and that helps. Don’t let that 16-15 record fool you, they had to go against tough teams like NJIT and Eastern Michigan and went into overtime with Wisconsin. Plus, they got “Made in March” jerseys so the committee should let this young squad suit up.