Kentucky A 4 Seed In The East, Will Open Tournament Against Stony Brook
Despite their victory over Texas A & M in the SEC Tournament the Kentucky Wildcats only earned a 4 seed in the East region and will play Stony Brook in their NCAA opening round game.From UK Athletics:
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.
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.