Bracket projection: Kentucky

Athleticism and defense could win them the national championship

Updated: March 12, 2012, 10:30 AM ET
By Chris Dortch | Special to Insider
Note: For the seventh consecutive year, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has assigned a team of Bracketologists to put together Insider's Tournament Tips, offering in-depth breakdowns and historical analysis of the bracket for all 68 tournament teams to help you make smart picks.

Lunardi's Logic

Pretty hard to argue with Kentucky as the No. 1 overall seed and consensus favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans. And, since the 'Cats were my preseason pick to beat North Carolina in the NCAA final, it would be hypocritical to go any other way now that the brackets make a dream rematch possible.

Plus, you can enlist the help of Insider's Bracket Predictor tool to aid your picks.

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Kentucky's complete Bracketology chart

Take a look inside the data used by the selection committee in seeding the bracket: