UK BASKETBALL | Wildcats React to being a 4 seed in the NCAA East Region

03/13/2016 08:57 PM

After cutting down the nets for a second straight year at the SEC Tournament, UK players, coaches and fans had thoughts of jumping up to a three seed, and perhaps seeing their road to the Final Four go through Louisville. Instead the selection committee seemed unimpressed with Kentucky’s overtime SEC Tournament win over Texas A&M on Sunday.

Despite beating the Aggies 82-77, the NCAA selection committee kept the Wildcats a four seed and left A&M as a three seed. Kentucky will face American East Conference champion Stony Brook Thursday at 9:40PM in Des Moines, Iowa, with a potential second round game against 5th seeded Indiana on Saturday, if the Hoosiers get past number 12 Chattanooga. TexasA&M is in Oklahoma City for games against Green Bay on Friday and if victorious, the Texas/Northern Iowa winner on Saturday.

Coach John Calipari seemed a bit perplexed by the committee’s decision to keep his team a four seed, and put them in the East Region. He feels the committee is not given enough emphasis to the SEC Championship won by UK on Sunday. Calipari feels if the committee is not taking the SEC title (second in a row, fourth in seven years) into account, why even play conference tournaments in the first place.

Should Kentucky win its first two games, the Cats would advance to the East Regional Sweet 16 in Philadelphia, but first things first. Kentucky’s opening game Thursday is at 9:40pm ET. It will be broadcast on CBS with the network’s top announcing team, Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson, on the call.

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