Handicapping the No.1 Seeds: What Does Kentucky's Path Look Like?

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  Head coach John Calipari and John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats talk during a stop in play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The moment of truth is finally here. What every fan has been waiting for since the beginning of the season. Will the four one seeds make the finals? What upsets are in the making?

All of these questions will be answered in a matter of days. Taking a look at the path of the Kentucky Wildcats is fun but very interesting and intimidating especially for Wildcat fans. 

We can go ahead and assume that UK will most likely have no trouble getting past the 16 seed East Tennessee State. So the next test will be either Texas or Wake Forest. A matchup that could scare any team in the country.

This battle between the eight and nine seeds is the toughest in the field. Texas started the season as a top five team in the country. They have not played well as a team but they have the potential to be that good.

Wake Forest has the big men to hang tough with Texas and UK but I do think that Texas will prevail in that game. Which pits UK vs. Texas in the second round. Damion James is a tough player to match-up with for any team.

If Avery Bradley and Dexter Pittman come to play which has yet to happen on a consistent basis all season then Texas could be a very threatening opponent for Kentucky.

If Kentucky is able to get past that game, Wisconsin will most likely be the team they run into, although Temple could be in that position as well.  Wisconsin is a big team that plays physical "Big Ten" ball.  The only problem with that is Kentucky is bigger and physical as well.  I don't really see Kentucky struggling much in the first three rounds because talent-wise they are much better than the other teams.

The Elite Eight is where things begin to get a little dicey for the Wildcats.  I see the 'Cats running into West Virgina. A big time starting five and a big time coach in Bob Huggins. Huggins has won his fair share of big games which will be a great game between coaches.

This game is up in the air as it should be. Both teams are very talented and both teams have tremendous star power to push them through to the Final Four. Both teams can compete with each other at every position except center where DeMarcus Cousins will be able to dominate the paint as usual.

Look for the Wildcats to advance to the Final Four where every Wildcat fan would love to run into Duke. UK has been waiting for this game since 1992 when Christian Laettner sent a resounding shot all around the bluegrass.

If this game does end up happening it may turn into one of the greatest college basketball games of all time.  Duke's shooting vs. Kentucky's inside game. Coach Cal vs. Coach K. Everything these two one seeds have seem to be equal to one another. 

The Wildcats have a very physical road to the Final Four. One that they would rather not have. No one ever said it was going to be easy though.  This year's field of 65 may not be the most talented but it is very scrappy and could be full of sleepers.  It comes down to what team is going to combine their talent with teamwork to make the plays down the stretch.

I am confident that the 'Cats have the ability to be the team hoisting the trophy in Indianapolis and I am sure that every other Kentucky fan believes so to.  If you weren't buying it at the start of the season it is time to start.  These young Wildcats are for real. Sure they will be tested but so will Kansas, Duke, and Syracuse. Overcoming adversity is something that Kentucky has been doing all season and they have done it very well so far.