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Kentucky 4 seed in East, could face Indiana in second game

Wade  Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Kentucky men’s basketball extended its national record for most NCAA Tournament appearances to 55 on Sunday, as the team was selected as the No. 4 seed in the East Region.  The Wildcats will play Stony Brook, the No. 13 seed in the region, on Thursday, March 17 in Des Moines, Iowa, at about 9:45 p.m.

Earning a No. 4 seed for the fourth time in program history, Kentucky enters the NCAA Tournament fresh off a thrilling overtime victory over No. 17/17 Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the championship title, taking down the Aggies 82-77.  The title was the 29th time that the Wildcats had claimed the SEC Tournament crown in program history.

The Wildcats are currently 26-8 and claimed a share of their 47th regular season SEC title, going 13-5 in conference play. 

UK is 44-10 in tournament openers and has won 22 of its last 23 first round tournament games.  UK owns a 120-48 record all-time in NCAA action, with its .714 winning percentage the fourth-best in NCAA history.

Kentucky has met up with the Sea Wolves just one other time in the history of the two programs, with UK securing a 62-52 win on Nov. 27, 2007. Stony Brook will be making its first trip to the Big Dance after a historic season that saw the Sea Wolves record a 26-6 record and claim both the America East regular season and tournament crown, led by three-time America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney.  The senior dropped a career-best 43 points in the tournament title game to lead Stony Brook to a 80-74 win over Vermont on March 12.  

With a win over Stony Brook, Kentucky would face the winner of the No. 5 Indiana – No. 12 Chattanooga matchup.  Indiana holds a 25-7 record on the season and 15-3 in Big Ten action.  The Hoosiers most recently were upset by Michigan in the quarterfinals of the B1G Tournament, 72-69, on March 11.  Chattanooga won its 11th Southern Conference Tournament Championship on March 8, taking down Eastern Tennessee State, 73-67.  Kentucky is 32-24 against Indiana and 4-0 against ETSU in the all-time series. 

Tickets for the first and second round games in Des Moines can be purchased by visiting NCAA.com/tickets.  Fans will find complete ticket information for all NCAA sites, including information on NCAA Ticket Exchange, the official secondary marketplace for authentic NCAA Tournament tickets.  Student ticket information will be posted online at UKStudentTix.com later this evening.

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  1. Mike

    Yes, we could have gotten a lot better landing in the tourney, but this comes with the territory at UK…ditto on the all the questionable foul calls we have been getting all season. It is up to us to make the most of the opportunities ahead, but it is difficult to think that we will go real deep in this with the front court that we have. We have the best back court in the country, but we can’t keep expecting Ullis and Murray to pull us out of every game. Briscoe and Willis have also been playing very well but with a mediocre front court, at best, and a bench that really hasn’t been developed how will we compete with the big, physcal front courts that are ahead of us? Willis has improved this year but is the only big that has. You could tell that Hump really wasn’t confident in his shooting, but he should have been given much earlier attention in the season when it was obvious to many of us that Skal wasn’t going to be a cart puller. Lee hasn’t improved at all and POY plays in spurts. Where is the balance going to be coming from?

  2. KingGhidora

    Another typical NCAA hose job of UK putting half a dozen good teams in their way while Duke has ONE. Indiana, ND, UNC, WVU, Wisc., and Stoney Brook is no pushover. Duke has to deal with Oregon (over rated) and A&M if they both make the regional finals. What a joke.

  3. LarryC

    ” The NCAA College Basketball Selection Committee, has chosen to use Common Core Math for their 2016 Tournament Selections.” In the KY/Tam Game, two things stuck out….Our opponent got away with walking 3 times and Our Team failed to Box Out on rebounding…….One of these we can control….Aside from that, of course Some can/will always critic Our Coach, (Mike), but this was one hell of an exciting SEC Championship Run….and a Wonderful/exciting Game to watch…Revenge Was Sweet !

  4. Larry Pup

    While I agree UK has a tough path forward, I would just imagine UNC, Indiana, WVA, etc. feels the same way. I don’t think any team in their region is comfortable having to face UK right now. What ticks me off is A&M getting a 3 seed. and UK a 4. Go figure.

    1. UKFMLY

      I’m with you Larry. The fact of who we face never surprises me. But the 3 to Texas AM shows how biased the NCAA are. They had no scenario with UK getting a 3 seed no matter what happened in the SEC Championship game and that is flat out biased BS.

      1. Larry Pup

        It seems this happens every year. The tournament teams are already selected, generally speaking, before the SEC tournament championship game is even played. If I were calling the shots for the SEC, I would modify the tournament schedule so the championship game could be played on the Sat. before selection Sunday, like some other conferences do. It also seems to me that the national talking heads and selection committee “big shots” could care less about the SEC basketball tournament or on who emerges from that tournament as the champion. Thus SEC tournament champion teams get the shaft. That is complete disrespect for SEC basketball. The SEC brings much of that on themselves. Where am I wrong?

        1. Larry Vaught

          Been going on LarryPup since SEC sold out and went to Sunday game to get TV on final and more fans for weekend games. Paying the price for that

    2. Mike

      I think it is obvious that these decisions, at least as far as UK is concerned, were made before our game with A&M. Still a lot of UK bias out there.

  5. Andy

    Well time to bring on the best and beat the best. Let’s do this. I feel our chances are good.

  6. LindaS

    Isn’t amazing these seeds were picked before all the tournaments were over, oh wait, they were picked before the show even started too…..let a woman run these things and they will be done fairly…they could have done the show Monday night, they could have given UK a better seed…look where puke ended up, seriously? I’m surprised they did not put loserville on there. I have a feeling before this is all over with Evil Twin Sister may make an appearance…oh wait…I think she is trying to now…go back…dang it…I can’t take it now…

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