Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Bracket - Kentucky's Multiple BACK-UPS Heading to NBA Give Shot at Title

Here is the quick reference of brackets with the links to this and each of the other brackets.

Please check out our story breaking down the NBA talent on 26 of the tournament teams in this piece at MarquetteHoops - the CBS247Sports site. If the players heading to the NBA this year or next use their talent to dominate in March Madness, it could be another Kentucky title as show below.

As outlined in that story, there are only four teams that can put at least three NBA starters in the line-up to start the game - UConn, Kentucky, Duke and Colorado. Ironically one of the other eight teams with multiple players whose names should be called in this draft or next (Oso Ighodaro and Tyler Kolek of Marquette) may play all four of those teams in a 15 day stretch. The entire team-by-team list of players heading to the NBA in posted here.

Ironically, while UConn is the only school which features an entire starting five heading to the NBA, Kentucky has more NBA-bound players on their team and if NBA players are dominating this is actually the bracket where I believe Illinois could upset UConn. Both of Illinois' NBA-bound players are also seniors, and if center Coleman Hawkins and small forward Terrence Shannon (who will be a shooting guard in the NBA) play well, the combination of the rare combo of two seniors heading to the NBA could give the Illini the trip to the Final 4.

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