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UK will take on Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament second round at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday. (Chet White, UK Athletics) UK will take on Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament second round at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Call Kentucky's season what you want -- disappointing, frustrating, a failure to meet expectations -- John Calipari likely has a different opinion from most people of how it's gone leading into the NCAA Tournament.

"When someone says, 'Are you disappointed,' no I'm not disappointed," Calipari said on his weekly radio show on Monday.

Coach Cal is actually proud of his team, which, despite starting the season atop the polls, is seeded eighth in the Midwest Region, opposite ninth-seeded Kansas State.

"A normal team -- I don't care (if they are) freshmen, sophomores, seniors, juniors -- going through what we did, the onslaught of stuff and crap, would have some point broken apart," Coach Cal said. "The built-up expectations to tear you down, that no one can play -- but they stuck together. And they trusted the coaches so that we could then continue to try to figure out ways to get them to play better, to get our team better."   

The Wildcats in blue are scheduled to take on the purple-clad Wildcats on Friday at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET on CBS. The winner of that game will likely play Wichita State, a No. 1 seed, which should make quick work of its play-in game opponent.

Some thought UK would be in a similar position as the Shockers, undefeated and atop a regional. Things haven't played out that way, but Calipari said Monday he never saw his 10-loss team as one that would be undefeated right now.

"I don't get that (disappointment) unless you honestly thought we were winning every game," Calipari told radio host Tom Leach. "A bunch of freshmen. Starting five freshmen."

Calipari conceded that he would have liked to have had a few more breaks and won a couple more games -- perhaps one more nonconference game and two league games -- but to navigate through the nation's second-toughest schedule and come on late in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, he feels good with where his team is heading into the most important time of the year.

"What I saw this weekend is what I've been waiting for (to see) for two months," Calipari said. "And you know what? We all were waiting, and so what (if) it happens now. Do you really care? Isn't that our job to be for these kids and just keep coaching them and keep trying to get them where they're supposed to go and be about them? 'Well, you didn't win for us!' It's not about us. It's about getting them right, and they're beginning to get where we're wanting to (go). They're growing up right before our eyes."

Growing, but not grown up quite yet.

"The reason I say there's room, we still have a couple guys not playing the way they're capable of playing," Calipari said.

One of them is leading scorer and rebounder Julius Randle, who fell into a slump during the SEC Tournament.

The recently named SEC Freshman of the Year made just nine of his 29 field-goal attempts (31.0 percent) in Atlanta, the worst three-game stretch of his career. During the second-half comeback against Florida, Randle actually sat on the bench for much of the run.

Calipari said Randle was "devastated" with the way he played over the weekend, but Coach Cal added that he and his staff have to make the game simpler for Randle so he doesn't have to think as much and can get "Julius back to being Julius."

"Here's what you're doing," Coach Cal said. "Do these things. Surrender. Go do them. And again, he wants to do it."

Stepping up for Randle on Sunday was Willie Cauley-Stein. The sophomore forward scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots in the SEC finals. In the three games prior to the SEC Tournament, Cauley-Stein had averaged just 3.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

The difference, Calipari said, was a mindset.

"Tell me what happened," Coach Cal said he told him. "And he said, 'I had never won a championship and that's all I was thinking about is winning that championship.' And I said, 'Yeah, it got you out of your own self's way. So instead of thinking of you, you thought about that and what do I have to do.' I said, 'Now, keep that thought 'cause you can still win one. Stay in that mindset.' "

Cauley-Stein wasn't the only Wildcat who made a significant turnaround from the weeks prior.

Speaking glowingly on his radio show of his team's progress at last weekend's SEC Tournament, where the Cats came within a basket of winning the SEC championship, Coach Cal noted a number of areas where his team made strides this past week that it can build off of.

Chief among them was the ball movement by Andrew Harrison. The freshman point guard dished out 21 assists on the weekend, and though he was limited to four in the championship game on Sunday, Calipari said he had 21 attempted assists against Florida.

"That means he got you the ball for a shot," Coach Cal said. "Maybe you made it, maybe you didn't. Obviously if he had four assists that game, that meant four out of 21 were made. Now I don't' know if he can pass it to you and make it. I don't think he can. So if he gives it to you, you've got to make it. Now you don't have to make them all; you just can't miss them all. Part of this is you've got to make shots."

Up until Sunday, UK did.

The Cats made 47.3 percent of their shots against LSU and 51.0 percent vs. Georgia. They combined to make 16 of 33 3-pointers in those two games.

Take away the game at Florida and UK had been in a miserable shooting slump before that. During a three-game stretch against Arkansas, South Carolina and Alabama, Kentucky connected on just 31.6 percent of its shots.

For all the changes UK made during the weekend - playing more physical and adapting to the "tweak" - the offense may have looked smoother just because the Cats finally hit some shots. Calipari said it's certainly why they won games in Atlanta.

"We're getting better looks," he said. "Instead of guarded 3s they're uncontested 3s or we're having gaps where guys are getting looks and we're knocking it down."

It doesn't take, to borrow a phrase from Calipari, a Basketball Benny to figure out that better ball movement spells better shots.

"Everybody said for a while our guard play was our weak spot," Calipari said. "Now it's our strength. You're talking in two weeks."

Perhaps that had something to do with the ballyhooed tweak Coach Cal made last week or maybe it didn't, but Coach Cal said he made another one on Monday.

"It's not a re-tweak, but I did some more tweaking today for this week," Calipari said.

Will it make the difference that last week's did and get this team primed for a tournament run or is it too late?

Like it or not, however you, Calipari or the pundits have judged this season, this group will largely be remembered by what they do in the coming week(s).

And the Wildcats know it.

"They understand this thing's on," Calipari said.

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Brad Szypka: A game of inches

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Szypka-Inches.jpgBy its very nature, track and field is a sport which comes down to fractions of inches or seconds.

Shot putter Bradley Szypka was on the losing end by a matter of inches twice in 2013. The disappointment of his near misses has motivated him ever since.

During the indoor season, he finished about four inches short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Come the outdoor season, he made the National Championships, but ended up three inches from the final.

The motivation of being so close so many times with so little to show for all that work apparently translated into more driven training, which culminated in a fifth-place performance at last weekend's NCAA Championships.

"That was such a short distance and such a big difference in outcome," Szypka said of his near misses in 2013. "Maybe it was one extra rep in the weight room or something. This offseason my motivation was that I don't want that to happen again. I'm certainly never going to miss it by a matter of inches again."

This past indoor season, which concluded at last weekend's NCAA Championships, he didn't. Szypka was the lone scorer for the Kentucky men's team at the 2014 Championships, the culmination of a stronger focus built from hours -- if not days -- of contemplation about what could have been.

"I think the important thing people forget sometimes is the attention to detail," UK throws coach Andrew Ninow said. "The attention to details can make large differences. Obviously he missed nationals by something around four inches indoors, and he missed scoring outdoors by about four inches. I think it has made him more focused on all of the details of his training. That's been a big help to us making a big breakthrough this year."

Indeed the 2014 NCAA Championships signaled a sort of arrival for Szypka, who also became Kentucky's first SEC shot put champion in 10 years at the conference meet.

Yet his emergence as one of the nation's best throwers was not the result of a journey devoid of ups and downs.

Breaking out

Head coach Edrick Floreal took over the program prior to Szypka's sophomore season in the summer of 2012. A decorated high school thrower, Szypka struggled his freshman year and the new start under Floreal's staff, notably throws assistant coach Andrew Ninow, proved to be just what the doctor ordered.

"The way his body moves in the ring works well with what I want to happen in the shot put," Ninow said. "There are different theories out there, but I think he's very much an aggressive thrower at the front of the ring. The technique that we teach is very much more of an aggressive-type movement. I think that sort of fit his mentality well."

Szypka wasted little time making his presence known to the rest of the nation as the 2012-13 season began, winning his first shot put competition of the season in December with a personal-best shot put mark, which ranked No. 1 in the NCAA going into the new year.

Szypka continued to improve under Ninow's direction in 2013, reaching a real threshold at the SEC Championships where he placed fourth. His PR mark from SECs finished the season short of the national top-16 list, which determines the NCAA Indoor Championships field by a margin of those difficult-to-stomach three inches.

Having placed high at the SEC Championships, emerged as a contender to qualify for NCAA Championships and built a solid rapport with his coach, Szypka entered the 2013 outdoor season optimistic.

Yet while he didn't quite struggle outdoors, he also didn't improve at the rate he had come to expect.

The low point came at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

Having placed fourth indoors, Szypka failed to make the final of the SEC outdoor shot put competition. He was at a crossroads.

Unlike the indoor season where regular-season marks qualify for the NCAA Championships, during the outdoor season the top-16 from the East and West Regionals Championships respectively make the NCAA Outdoor Championship Final Meet.

The regional meet provided Szypka with an opportunity for a measure of redemption. Szypka took his chance.

He produced a season-best performance to make NCAAs in the shot put, improving on all three of his throws in the final eventually hitting 18.33m/60-1.75.

And at NCAAs, Szypka improved his regional qualifying mark by nearly a foot, but again came agonizingly short of the major goal.

He hit 18.57 meters / 60-feet 11.25-inches, good for a 10th-place finish, one spot and three inches behind Michigan's Cody Riffle for the final place in the nine-thrower final.

Despite earning All-America honors for the first time (second team), Szypka was understandably disappointed.

Missing his NCAA Championship goal by so little once again was a last straw for Szypka, as he vowed to do whatever it took to avoid being so disappointed in the future.

2014 consistency

While 2013 was a breakout year that never quite materialized into tangible results at the highest levels, in 2014 Szypka learned the benefits of consistency.

"The goal was to hit it big early, and be able to focus on improving up to the Championship meets," Szypka said in reflection on his 2014 indoor season. "I worked all offseason to focus on being able to get a qualifying mark during those first two home meets to get a mark that would get me in so I wouldn't have to worry."

And Szypka did exactly that the second weekend of the season at the home Rod McCravy Memorial Meet with a PR mark nearly three feet better than his previous best. Szypka remained consistent throughout the season, which included winning the shot put at the prestigious Tyson Invitational, one of the most competitive field-event meets of the year.

Szypka continued getting better throughout the year and entering the NCAA Championships he had won four-of-five competitions he had entered during the year, including the SEC Championship.

His head coach had taken notice.

"With Brad we just wanted him to find a way to score some points at the NCAA Championships," Floreal said. "He went in ranked No. 11 and only the top-eight score so it was maybe a bit of an upset, but he had been so consistent the whole season so we were optimistic. We weren't asking to finish runner-up or do something way outside his body, we just wanted him to finally get some points at the national meet.

"When you go to the NCAA meet you experience emotions that you've never experienced before. Now he has been to two and achieved scoring so as a junior he has three more NCAA championship meets where he can learn to calm himself down and compete to his fullest potential. He has a lot of room for improvement, but he also reached an important goal."

Satisfaction ... or lack thereof

Szypka did meet his coaches' goals at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Szypka's first two throws were well below his potential and he sat in ninth place on the bubble of making the final going into his third attempt. With the pressure on, Szypka connected for a personal-best mark, 19.51m/64-0.25, which was his best of the meet and earned him his first points at a NCAA Championship.

In playing on Floreal's original goal for Szypka -- learning to control the emotions of such a high-pressure atmosphere -- Szypka met expectations. He proved he could come up with nearly a one-foot PR when he needed it just to make the final.

"It was great," Szypka said. "I went into the meet thinking that I had a shot to go top five just by how consistent I had been all year. Looking at the past marks, of all the other years it always took around 19.50 meters to be top five. Coach and I talked all week that if I could hit a PR around that on the first three throws I would be in the top-5, which eventually happened."

Yet even with the strong result, Szypka was slightly disappointed that he failed to get a fair throw in the final.

"I never hit my big throw, which was kind of disappointing for how good I felt, but it definitely leads me to feel like I have a lot more in the tank for outdoors," Szypka, who earned First-Team All-America honors with the fifth-place finish, said. "There I will have higher expectations. I'm going to be shooting for top three, just because I know there's a lot more. I have always thrown better outdoors, with last season as an exception (because of the better footing in outdoor rings), hopefully I can transition well to pick up a few more feet."

So Szypka's strong indoor season afforded him a measure of advantage -- or at least an opportunity to catch up -- in the mostly friendly rivalry that has developed amongst Kentucky's elite throwers.

Entering the 2014 indoor season discus thrower Andrew Evans (the 2012 SEC Champion, 2013 NCAA Bronze Medalist and two-time First Team All-American) and javelin specialist Raymond Dykstra (a two-time SEC Runner-Up and two-time First Team All-American had a leg up on Szypka, a meager one-time Second Team All-American.

With his SEC Championship and First Team All-America status, Szypka now has some bragging rights on Dykstra, one of the team's most vocal leaders.

"Just the other night I saw Ray in the hallway and I was bugging him a little bit because Ray has gotten second (in the javelin throw) twice now at the SEC Championship whereas Brad has now won a conference title," Ninow said. "He is getting his (SEC Championship) ring here pretty soon, so I was kind of bugging Ray like, 'Hey man, are you going to get that ring or is Brad the only one who's going to get the ring this year?'

"He was like, 'Oh, I'm getting the ring this year Coach. I'm getting two rings, conference and NCAA,' so there's definitely an inter-team competition. Who can acquire the most All-Americans, who can score the most points? There's definitely a competition amongst the throwers to see who can be the overall winner when this is all said and done."

Entering the outdoor season where the discus and javelin are part of the track and field competition program the UK throwers will have plenty of opportunities to one-up each other. The more they do, the better off the team is likely to be.

UK received a No. 3 seed and will face Wright State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Memorial Coliseum. (Britney Howard, UK Athletics) UK received a No. 3 seed and will face Wright State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Memorial Coliseum. (Britney Howard, UK Athletics)
The Kentucky Wildcats have long known they would be hosting first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament.

On Monday, it became real when the Cats found out for certain they would be making a school-record fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

"We obviously overcame some adversity throughout the season that has us prepared for the tournament," Matthew Mitchell said. "I'm really proud of our players, and really, really excited about the opportunity to play in another NCAA Tournament."

UK (24-8) was tabbed a No. 3 seed in the Notre Dame regional and will face No. 14 Wright State (26-8) in the first round at 11 a.m. in Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. The winner will advance to face either No. 6 Syracuse or No. 11 Chattanooga on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

"We don't know anything about Wright State, but it's a 40-minute big game," DeNesha Stallworth said. "Obviously anybody can win the game, but we just have to play hard and play together. That's been our key to success so we're just going to keep that going."

The Cats learned their fate at a watch party on the same floor where they will begin their tournament run and were joined by hundreds of their biggest fans. Afterward, Mitchell took the microphone to say thank you and make a humble request.

"What would really be huge for us Saturday morning at 11 o'clock: Get up early and get you a good breakfast and bring about 10 or 12 folks in here and let's pack Memorial Coliseum," Mitchell said.

While fans are recruiting friends to join them for UK's first-round game, Mitchell and his coaching staff will be hard at work trying to make sure the Cats have a second game in Memorial on Monday.

"You just start trying to figure out how you're going to prepare and looking at the game times," Mitchell said. "That's where my mind always goes, is you start trying to get a game plan together for your first opponent."

The players may have admitted they know little about the Raiders, but Mitchell has a relationship with Wright State's head coach, Mike Bradbury.

"I sent him a text yesterday," Mitchell said. "It was such a big win for him yesterday and to beat Green Bay and to get into the tournament. He and I share a bond of being former Morehead State coaches, so I've known him a long time and was happy for him."

Wright State -- making its first-ever NCAA appearance -- is averaging an impressive 84.0 points -- fourth nationally -- and is led by junior guard Kim Dennings, who is scoring 22.7 points per game. The Raiders are also first nationally in turnover margin, forcing 22.1 opponent miscues per game.

If UK advances past Wright State, plenty of intrigue awaits the Cats.

Syracuse was ranked for five straight weeks early in the season, while Chattanooga is receiving the most votes of any unranked team in the AP poll having won 25 in a row. In the Sweet 16, a potential rematch with second-seeded Baylor looms.

"I hope we're playing at the time we should be playing and that's in the Sweet 16 and that's all I'm really worried about," Mitchell said. "We need to try to really prepare well for Wright State because they'll be hungry and want to win. It'll be interesting in some ways if that matchup occurred."

His players of course share the same sentiment, but they'd like to see the game decided a little more quickly than it was in UK's thrilling four-overtime win in December.

"One of the fans came up to me after and said hopefully it's not four overtimes this time. Four overtimes, that's a whole other half," Bria Goss said. "It's a long season. We're not trying to do that again."

There's a long way to go before the Cats will start thinking about that, but they has reason to be confident heading into the tournament.

UK boasts wins over No. 1 seeds Tennessee and South Carolina -- two of the eight Southeastern Conference teams to make the field -- as well as No. 3 Louisville. The Cats are playing their best basketball of the season to boot, coming within a possession of the SEC Tournament title.

"We're going into this tournament with a lot of confidence and poise," Stallworth said. "Just playing together is really our focus right now. I think that we're going to really come in here and play with a lot of heart, and play with a purpose."

The Cats have now had eight days to recover from that heartbreaking 71-70 defeat. After taking some time off, UK has returned to practice. Mitchell has liked what he's seen to this point.

"What I've seen was a really hungry group came back and really excited to practice every day," Mitchell said. "... We've had a lot of fun together and make practice fun and just doing everything we can to try and bring this team together at the right time. It's the most important time of the year right now and it's here. We need to perform well."

Kentucky will face ninth-seeded Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Kentucky will face ninth-seeded Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
ATLANTA -- Mitch Barnhart has served on a selection committee before.

It wasn't under quite the same spotlight as the one that selects teams for the men's basketball NCAA Tournament, but he understands the perspective of the people who collaborate to make those decisions.

Years ago Barnhart sat on the baseball selection committee, so he knows what it means to leave a team out.

"I was in the room a couple times when some teams got left out and I got those phone calls," Barnhart said. "Yeah, I've been on that side of it. So, yeah, it's hard. It doesn't matter what sport it is; emotions and kids are the same."

Barnhart said he "vividly" remembers fielding some of those conversations with peers. In fact, he can even remember questioning himself afterwards.

"You sit there and say, 'Did we make the right call?' " Barnhart told reporters after the Selection Show. "You get to a spot where you make -- and then matchups and everybody says, 'Gosh dern, what were you thinking?' "

Even with that background and understanding of the factors committee members have to cope with, Barnhart can't reconcile the No. 8 seed John Calipari's Kentucky team received on Sunday.

"But having said that, all of that -- it is a difficult task -- I just don't think we sometimes get the respect we deserve," Barnhart said. "Cal does a tremendous job coaching this team and he did a great job getting us ready to play in this tournament."

Barnhart was in Atlanta for all three of UK's Southeastern Conference Tournament games. He watched as UK dispatched LSU and Georgia and came within a basket of upsetting No. 1 overall seed Florida. He was with the team as the players licked their wounds following the loss and watched the Selection Show together.

Coach Cal predicted the Wildcats would receive an eight seed in a private room at the Georgia Dome, so neither he nor his team batted an eye when the Cats learned their fate. Barnhart still did though.

"It's very surprising, to be real honest with you," Barnhart said. "I thought when the committee and those folks ask you to play strength of schedule and those kind of things, that's what I think we do. We play a difficult strength of schedule."

Barnhart is right about that.

According to the NCAA's final RPI, UK comes in at No. 17 with an overall strength of schedule ranked third nationally. Coach Cal structured his schedule -- with games against four seeds Michigan State and Louisville, sixes North Carolina and Baylor -- with the Selection Committee in mind, but the Cats were not rewarded.

Instead, they face a second-round matchup with Kansas State, an almost certain third-round showdown with unbeaten Wichita State, and one seed contenders Michigan and Duke on the opposite side of their Midwest bracket.

"I do believe that we've got a very difficult path and obviously some really difficult games ahead of us, and if we find our way through it will have been well-earned," Barnhart said.

Conspiracy theorists will have surely plenty to say about the reasons for that, but Barnhart knows the committee members and can vouch that no nefarious motives are at play.

"They're honest guys," Barnhart said. "Don't ever question the integrity of the guys in the room. They're good people. ... I would hope that if I'm sitting in the room and have an opportunity, you do what's right. And I think basically people try to do what's right. Sometimes it gets difficult and that's hard."

To make those difficult decisions, the committee relied on a handful of criteria that give some insight into UK's seeding.

NCAA Selection Committee Chairman Ron Wellman told reporters significant value was assigned to road wins against top-50 opponents. UK's lone such win came against Missouri, ranked No. 49 in the RPI but left out of the tournament.

"Road wins against top-50 teams are really, really impressive to the Committee," Wellman said.

For the sake of comparison, teams seeded one line above Kentucky at seven had four top-50 road wins between them. Texas had two (No. 25 North Carolina, No. 30 Baylor), Oregon one (No. 14 UCLA), UConn one (No. 37 Memphis) and New Mexico none. UK was rated higher in the RPI than all but New Mexico in that group.

Wellman was asked specifically about Kentucky's seeding in both his teleconference with the media and his Selection Show Interview and both times brought up UK's lack of wins against NCAA Tournament teams.

"Kentucky, when you watch them play, they are very impressive," Wellman said. "Every time you watch them play they're extremely impressive. At the same time, Kentucky had two wins this year against tournament-bound teams and those wins were in December."

UK did add a third win against an NCAA team after December against Tennessee, who was picked for a First Four game, but Wellman's point stands. The Cats managed a record of just 3-6 against the seven NCAA-bound opponents they faced, though only two of the losses came by more than five points.

Seven seeds UConn (7-5), New Mexico (4-4), Oregon (4-6) and Texas (9-9) all had better records against the field.

"So when we compare various metrics -- and we use all kinds of metrics to evaluate teams -- you look for reasons to move teams up, you look for reasons to move teams down, and it's not consistent," Wellman said. "We recognize that. You're just looking for reasons to make the decisions that need to be made."

That underscores the main problem both Barnhart and Calipari have with the selection process after the SEC had just three teams selected and two -- UK and Tennessee -- receive unexpectedly low seeds.

"... That's the kind of stuff that our league -- not me, not the ADs -- our league needs to find out who in that room, what were we basing this on because you can't keep moving the goalposts," Calipari said. " 'It's strength of schedule.' Really? Then move the goalposts. 'It's how you finish.' Really? 'No, it's you didn't beat enough people.' Really? I mean, which one (is it)? And moving the goalposts makes it easy."

Wellman also suggested UK's seed would have changed had the Cats scored on their final possession against Florida. What would not have changed is Barnhart's opinion of the way they played this weekend.

"They've come a long way, and they've worked really, really hard," Barnhart said. "They've made some adjustments the way they're playing the game, and their attitude--I'm really proud of their effort and the way they represented Kentucky."

With UK's tourney run beginning at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, the Cats don't have much more time for handwringing.

"It doesn't matter what other seeds are now," Calipari said. "It's over. I can be mad about it, you can be mad, everybody can be (mad). Explain yourself. They had the fourth strength of schedule. Are you telling people they don't have to play anybody? Explain it. But they don't have to explain it. They said what we did. So, we just got to go play. We got to play basketball in St. Louis."

"Let's go prove some people wrong now," Barnhart tweeted.

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For one last time this season, John Calipari joined the Southeastern Conference Coaches' Teleconference on Monday morning. He and the seven other coaches who are postseason-bound spent time talking about their teams and other subjects.

Coach Cal was asked about a Kansas State team that's impressed him as he's watched tape since UK's second-round NCAA Tournament matchup was unveiled, spoke more on the Wildcats' seeding and told reporters his team is "in a great frame of mind" after a solid weekend in Atlanta.

Here's a complete transcript:

On Kansas State ...
"Yeah, I watched some tape and I'll tell you what: They're veteran, physical; great defensively; motion offense - different kinds of motion; and then try to beat you on the dribble and they're physical. A lot like the teams LSU and Georgia and Florida, like the teams we just played. So we had to give our kids a day off today after the week we went through Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to get ready for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, the wars we played in. But it seems like they're in a great frame of mind right now."

On Kansas State's Marcus Foster ...
"He's been outstanding. You know, again, they have perimeter guys that can really play and shoot it and have the freedom to go do their thing. They have big guys. Now their big (Thomas Gipson) isn't 7-foot, but he's that wide. He's a big body, angles to the rim, put his body on you on drives, put hands up and put a chest on you. You know, they're good and their perimeter guys are good. Foster's outstanding. I mean, makes big shots, not afraid to score it. They're good. For a first-round game, I'm not sure if a team with a strength of schedule of two--two strength of schedule and an RPI I think of 15 or 16, that's a tough first game for both of us, Kansas State and us."

On whether he has looked ahead to Wichita State ...
"No, no, no (laughter). No. I've done this 20 years. You worry about what's in front of you."

On whether UK and Tennessee didn't get their due in terms of seeding and what the SEC has to do to get more teams in the tournament ...
"You know, first of all you gotta figure out, why in the world did this happen? And now that's happened I'm not worried about it. But someone's gotta find out when you have a strength of schedule of two and that's all they keep talking about, what did you use to make that team an eight? What did you use? And then can use anything. 'Well, it was a cloudy day that day and we decided they were an eight.' And that's what it is and you go and as coach that's fine. Put me where you want, let's go. But as a league, we got to figure out. Tennessee played as well as any team in the country down the stretch. Are you taking how teams are playing at the end or how we were playing at the end? 'Not in your case.' Well, what did you take in our case? And you really got to go down and find out what it was. 'Well, you didn't beat enough people.' Did everybody else? I mean, so compared to who? And so that's the kind of stuff that our league - not me, not the ADs -- our league needs to find out who in that room, what were we basing this on because you can't keep moving the goalposts. 'It's strength of schedule.' Really? Then move the goalposts. 'It's how you finish.' Really? 'No, it's you didn't beat enough people.' Really? I mean, which one (is it)? And moving the goalposts makes it easy. But you know what? At the end of the day in this thing, you just got to go play now. And I'm just happy my team's in a great frame of mind. We have another opponent - just like the SEC, you're going from LSU to Georgia to Florida to Kansas State. They're all the same. You're playing the same kind of team."

On how much they think they can take from this past weekend in Atlanta ...

"Well, it's what we've been--we're still not all the way there now. I thought Willie Cauley(-Stein) was ridiculous, how well he played. I thought our guard play -- you know, you're talking three freshmen - our guard play was as good as any in the country during this tournament. And again, against quality teams. And so, again, now we go to next step. And just like those other teams, this team is going to be as physical as anybody we play. Again, we're going to prepare for it. What we've been told is we're not going to allow that kind of physical from either us, Kansas State, Wichita State or anybody, but we can't plan on that. We've just got to be ready to play a physical basketball game. The whole thing is, again, teams that are jacked, that when adversity hits can keep that emotion high, and that's what we've been looking for. And I thought we did it (this past weekend). It was great because every game we played the other teams made runs at us and we withstood. Florida had us down 16, ready to go to 30, and all of the sudden we have the ball with 10 seconds to go and ready to win the game. So that's what I was looking for from my team and we got it."

By-the-numbers look at UK's NCAA Tournament path

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The field is set and the pairings have been announced. In just a couple days the madness will finally begin.

There will be plenty to talk about over the next few days - especially Kentucky's surprising eight seed in the Midwest - but first let's take a look at some of the NCAA Tournament numbers, particularly how they pertain to UK's Midwest bracket.

  • UK is 8-0 all-time vs. Kansas State. The last meeting was in 2007 in Las Vegas, a 74-72 victory for the Cats. UK beat Kansas State in 1951 to win its third national championship.
  • Kentucky is 42-10 in tournament openers and has won 20 of its last 21 to start the Big Dance.
  • UK is making its 53rd NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cats are 111-46 all-time with eight national championships, three runner-up finishes, 15 Final Four appearances and 35 Elite Eight appearances.
  • John Calipari is making his 15th NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach. He's reached the Final Four four times.
  • UK is 2-3 all-time as an eight seed. The Cats were an eight seed in 2006 and 2007. In both those seasons UK won its first game before falling to a one seed in the next game.
  • The last No. 8 seed to make the Final Four was Butler in 2011. The Bulldogs lost to UConn in the national championship. Wichita State made the Final Four as a nine seed last year.
  • UK has played seven teams in the NCAA Tournament field this year, going 3-6 against them. By comparison, Kansas State has played eight opponents in the field, posting a 7-8 record against them. 
  • Kansas State, playing in arguably the best conference in America this season in the Big 12, posted a 3-3 record vs. the RPI top 25 and a 7-8 mark against the RPI top 50.
  • Kentucky was officially the 29th overall seed in the tournament, meaning the Cats are the top eight seed. Perhaps a win over Florida would have moved them up a seed line after all.Oddly, the Midwest features three play-in games. The only other region that has one is the South where a pair of 16 seeds match up for the right to play No. 1 overall seed Florida.
  • There are six teams in the Midwest ranked in the top 20 of ESPN's final RPI rankings.
  • Why is the Midwest considered the toughest region? Let's break down the top four seed lines. Not only does the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee split the seeds into four regions, it also seeds the overall teams 1-68. Florida was the top overall seed, Arizona was No. 2, UK, as mentioned above, was No. 29, and all the way down at No. 68 was Cal Poly. The NCAA Selection Committee then uses those seeds to try and make the regions even by adding the overall seed numbers together to gauge the strength of the bracket. For instance, if you pair the top No. 1 seed, which would obviously be the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, with the worst No. 2 seed, which would be the No. 8 overall seed, you get a total of nine (1 + 8). Still following along? OK, so taking the top four seeds in each region and adding them up, the West has a cumulative seeding of 37 (No. 2 Arizona + No. 8 Wisconsin + No. 11 Creighton + No. 16 San Diego State), the East has a cumulative seeding of 35 (No. 4 Virginia + No. 5 Villanova + No. 12 Iowa State + No. 14 Michigan State), the South has a cumulative seeding of 33 (No. 1 Florida + No. 7 Kansas + No. 10 Syracuse + No. 15 UCLA), and the Midwest has a cumulative seeding of 31 (No. 3 Wichita State + No. 6 Michigan + No. 9 Duke + No. 13 Louisville). The lower the total seeding, the tougher the bracket. Now all things being fair, the regions would add up to be equal (across all seed lines and not just the top four like we're using as an example), but other factors like geography, playing a conference opponent and more come into play. Still, 31 is a strong bracket considering the lowest possible number you could get (i.e. the toughest bracket possible) would be 28 (No. 1 + No. 5 + No. 9 + No. 13).
  • Though UK has the most difficult bracket in terms of seeding, the Midwest is actually the worst in terms of winning percentage. Combined, East teams have a .757 winning percentage, the South and West are tied with a .732 winning percentage, and the Midwest has a .701 mark. The fact that the region has three play-in games probably has something to do with that.

ATLANTA -- The Selection Show is normally cause for celebration, but the Wildcats were in no mood on Sunday.

They had just suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game at the hands of Florida, so they watched in a private room in the Georgia Dome quietly as brackets were revealed.

When Kentucky popped up on the screen, they barely reacted -- which surely can't be said for most UK fans who were also tuned in to CBS.

"I think they're still disappointed we lost this game so they're still not thinking," John Calipari said. "We've got a couple guys still almost despondent."

UK (24-10) was tabbed a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region, facing a second-round matchup with No. 9 Kansas State (20-12) on Friday at 9:40 p.m. ET in St. Louis. Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson will be on the call for the CBS broadcast. The winner will likely face the region's No. 1 seed, unbeaten Wichita State.

Even though the sting from their defeat at the hands of the Gators was still fresh, the Cats know they won't have long to dwell on it. This, after all, is when the games really matter.

The seed came as a surprise to some, particularly considering the fact that UK finished with a top-20 RPI and was one possession away from taking down the No. 1 overall seed in their final game. The Cats, however, weren't surprised.

They were warned ahead of time by a prescient Coach Cal.

"Coach told us the exact number actually," Aaron Harrison said. "I don't know what we deserved and I don't know who does the brackets or whatever but we really don't care."

Of course the Cats wouldn't have minded to see a five, six or even seven next to their names, but that doesn't much matter now.

"We thought we could have gotten a little higher but we kind of expected that's what would happen," James Young said. "It's whatever. We're just going to keep going out to play every game."

That would have been the approach regardless whether UK won against Florida. In fact, Coach Cal doesn't even think UK's seed would have been any different.

"We would have been eight," Calipari said. "They made their minds up that that's what this team was. The only way you can prove 'em wrong is go play ball. And we played today and I'm proud of the guys. We'll go play. We'll go to St. Louis and play."

Adding to the intrigue, archrival and fourth-seeded Louisville looms as a potential Sweet 16 matchup for UK in Indianapolis, Ind. UK is also joined by No. 3 Duke and No. 2 Michigan, leading some to declare the Midwest the "region of death."

"It's a stacked region," Dakari Johnson said. "But I think we showed today that we can compete with anybody in the country so as long as we do that, I think we'll be fine."

Before UK can take its shot at any of those teams, the Cats have to take care of business. Kansas State enters the tournament having lost three in a row, but the Wildcats boast wins over the likes of Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Preparation begins right away.

"I haven't watched them one second," Calipari said. "I'll probably watch them on the plane."

For the next few days, brackets and seeds will be broken down in every way imaginable and seeds and draws will be analyzed. But come Friday, nothing else matters but the task at hand.

"We just got to go play now," Calipari said. "It's what it is. It doesn't matter what other seeds are now. It's over. I can be mad about it, you can be mad, everybody can be (mad). Explain yourself. They had the fourth strength of schedule. Are you telling people they don't have to play anybody? Explain it. But they don't have to explain it. They said what we did. So, we just got to go play. We got to play basketball in St. Louis."

Plenty of UK fans are sure to make the trip to St. Louis and the Cats are likely to have a neutral-court fan advantage as they do nearly everywhere. Wichita State and Kansas State, however, don't have far to travel either.

That could make for a popular set of Friday and Sunday games.

"It's good," Calipari said. "Yeah, it'll be good. But it's close to Wichita (State), it's close to Kansas State. Everybody's going to have fans. I bet you everybody uses up their allotment."

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Aaron Harrison scored 16 points in UK's SEC title game loss to Florida. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Aaron Harrison scored 16 points in UK's SEC title game loss to Florida. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
ATLANTA - Kentucky's recent two-game resurgence has been promising for fans and its players. It's restored some confidence in both and helped put a disappointing regular season in the rearview mirror.

But after back-to-back wins over LSU and Georgia to advance to the Southeastern Conference finals, John Calipari agreed with a reporter who said that Sunday's matchup with the top-ranked Gators, who had already beaten the Wildcats twice the season, would be a bit more of a measuring stick for their renaissance.

Kentucky didn't quite stack up the top team in the country on Sunday in the SEC championship game, falling to the first-seeded Gators for the third time this season, but there may be something to Coach Cal's proclamation that this isn't the same UK team of two weeks ago.

The Cats rallied back from a 15-point deficit midway through the second half on a 14-0 run before ultimately falling to Florida on Sunday, 61-60.

"So proud of my guys," Calipari said. "Had every chance to let go of the rope."

UK held on to the rope and had a chance to win the game on the final possession after the Gators missed back-to-back front ends at the free-throw line, but James Young slipped on his potential game-winning drive, lost the ball and time expired.

"I just took too much of a wide step and just slipped," said, Young, who scored 13 points. "That's just on me."

Andrew Harrison, who handed the ball to Young for the final drive, took the blame.

"I should have made a play," Andrew Harrison said. "I gave James the ball with not enough time left. That was completely my fault, I put him in a bad position."

Coach Cal didn't see it that way. He was kicking himself  afterwards for calling timeout after Dorian Finney-Smith missed the front end of his one-and-one.

"As soon as I called it I was angry because I don't call timeouts (late in games with a chance to win it)," Calipari said. "Now you're going against a set defense. They were spread out and scrambling. I could have stopped them and talked them through what we were going to do and let them play, but I didn't. I called a timeout. (Andrew Harrison) did exactly what I wanted. A little bit too late, but he did what I wanted him to do."

Twice UK stormed back into the game.

UK cut the Gators' lead to one when Willie Cauley-Stein made the first of two free throws. Aaron Harrison, who struggled to find his shot in the first half, came alive with seven points during the run, but Michael Frazier ended the Florida drought with a 3 from the left wing. Scottie Wilbekin followed with a running bank shot.

But UK wasn't done yet. Down 59-53, the Cats rallied back again, cutting Florida's lead to 61-60 when Young drilled a 3-pointer with 1:31 remaining.

"I think what really changed the game was Willie (Cauley-Stein) defensively, blocking a lot of shots, grabbing every rebound," Aaron Harrison said. "We started getting run-outs and hit a few shots."

In the end they came up just one play short. And though, according to Coach Cal, the game had no bearing on Kentucky's NCAA Tournament draw, where the Cats landed as an eight seed in the Midwest Region, to come back from that far down and nearly knock off the top team in the country was tough to swallow for UK.

"In the big scheme of things it doesn't really mean anything," Andrew Harrison said, "But as a competitor, you want to win and I feel really bad because I feel like I didn't make enough plays for my team at the end."

Andrew Harrison can hardly feel bad about the way he played this weekend though. The Cats' recent turnaround has been steered by him and his twin brother.

Andrew Harrison dished out 17 assists in UK's wins over LSU and Georgia while Aaron Harrison recorded 36 in the previous two games. But the Gators must have taken note of their play the previous two days.

Florida, which boasts one of the top defenses in the country, took them both out of the game early with its smothering defense. Andrew Harrison was limited to just two assists on Sunday. Aaron Harrison, who made the SEC All-Tournament team along with Julius Randle, scored a team-high 16 points but had to do so on 6-of-17 shooting.

"(Andrew) played another great game," Calipari said. "We didn't make the baskets for him. He had all kinds of attempts for assists; we just didn't make any shots today."

UK shot just 35.3 percent for the game. Still, it was hard to find fault with the Cats' effort on Sunday.

"Told them on the bus today coming over, there's no team that's been through what this team has been though - the barrage - and they have stayed together," Calipari said. "They have stayed as a unit. They keep believing in each other and they believe in our staff."

Though Kentucky lost to an opponent three times in one season for the first time since 1979, the Cats can take solace in fact that Florida played every bit like the No. 1 team in the country on Sunday and yet UK still nearly won the game.

It's a big confidence booster going into the Big Dance.

"We're a brand-new team and it show that we got some fight in us," said Cauley-Stein, who finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. "That's what we did the last game is just fight and scratch and claw our way back into the game."

UK was gunning for its third SEC Tournament championship under Calipari. The Cats have made four appearances in the finals over the last five seasons.

While extending their winning streak to 26 games overall, the Gators polished off the rare SEC sweep, winning all 21 of its league games this season. Florida was rewarded with the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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UK will learn its NCAA Tournament fate during the Selection Show at 6 p.m. on CBS. (Chet White, UK Athletics) UK will learn its NCAA Tournament fate during the Selection Show at 6 p.m. on CBS. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
ATLANTA -- Kentucky fans' favorite unofficial holiday is finally upon us. In a matter of hours, UK will learn its place and path in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Of course, there's a bit of an important game to be played and a championship to be won before that, but everyone loves brackets. With that in mind, let's take a peek at where we can expect the Wildcats to fit in when their name pops up on Selection Sunday.

UK's profile is an interesting one. The Cats have a solid record (24-9), finished second in a power conference and have a respectable 8-7 record away from home with their lone "bad loss" coming on the road against a South Carolina team that played its best at season's end. They boast an RPI of 17, one spot ahead of Louisville -- a team some have argued should receive a No. 1 seed.

There is one hole in UK's resume: quality wins.

The Cats are just 1-4 against teams currently in the RPI top 25, the lone victory coming over the aforementioned Cardinals. UK is 3-1 against opponents ranked 26-50 -- including a victory over Big East Tournament champion Providence -- and 10-3 against those ranked 51-100.

So, how will the Selection Committee reconcile the good and the bad? There's no way of knowing until the Selection Show at 6 p.m. on CBS, but we can get an idea based on what the experts are saying.

There are literally dozens of bracket projections out there, so I'm not particularly interested in focusing on any specific one. Instead, let's take a look at the Bracket Matrix, which takes all of them into account.

UK currently averages out as the final No. 6 seed, seeded anywhere from five to eight depending on whom you listen to. That would mean a first-round matchup with an 11 seed, where teams like Tennessee (conference foes can't play in the early rounds), SMU, Providence, Xavier and Nebraska will likely land.

In the second round, a likely matchup with a three seed would await. Current No. 3 seeds, according to Bracket Matrix, are Virginia, Iowa State, Louisville (wouldn't that be fun?) and Creighton.

The next topic for debate is how the outcome of Sunday's Southeastern Conference championship game will affect seeding. The committee will be pressed for time to alter the bracket too much given the game isn't likely to end more than 30-45 minutes before the Selection Show, but it won't be able to ignore a victory over the Gators.

Interestingly, Sunday's title game is reminiscent of the one UK played in two years ago on this front.

Like Florida, UK entered that game in 2012 on a long winning streak and assured of a No. 1 seed. The Cats' opponent -- Vanderbilt -- had a similar record (23-10) to the current UK team and had lost to their title-game foe twice in the regular season. The Commodores would of course win the game, moving up to a No. 5 seed in the process. It's not hard to envision a similar outcome for the Cats should they pull the upset.

On the flip side, UK won the 2011 SEC Tournament under similar circumstances but didn't enjoy a significant seeding boost. The Cats and Florida entered the championship game with similar profiles, but UK ended up with a four seed and Florida a two.

A loss, on the other hand, is difficult to imagine having disastrous effects. UK's RPI won't be hurt by playing the team rated No. 2 according to the measure.

But that's the beauty and the curse of Selection Sunday: You never know until the brackets are unveiled.

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UK will take on top-ranked Florida in the SEC Tournament title game on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. ET. (Chet White, UK Athletics) UK will take on top-ranked Florida in the SEC Tournament title game on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. ET. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
By Annie Dunbar,

ATLANTA -- After two consecutive solid performances from Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the Wildcats say they want one more crack at Florida.

Their head coach? Not so much

"I've had enough of Florida," Calipari jokingly said Saturday said after hearing players say they were excited to play the No. 1 team in the country again. "For four years I've seen the same guys. Some of them I think five years. I think they got a special program down there where they keep guys for six years."

Florida is, of course, stocked with veterans across the board. And though Coach Cal was just joking -- sort of -- about facing the Gators yet again, second-seeded UK (24-9) will no doubt take a step up in competition on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.

The top-seeded Gators (31-2) navigated through regular-season SEC play without a single loss, including two double-digit wins over Kentucky, the most recent coming just a week ago in Gainesville, Fla., when the Cats were dispatched by 19 points.

But perhaps that was a different UK team.

The Cats cruised their way through to the final round of the tournament with wins over a physical LSU squad and a defensively strong Georgia Bulldog team. The Wildcats are sharing the ball, receiving contributions from all areas of the court, playing as one and most importantly to them, they are having fun.

Spectators and analysts agree that the team is looking like a new squad and more like the one it was coined to be in the fall.

"We're doing better," Calipari said. "We're not the same team. You've seen us now. We're not the same team we were two, three weeks ago."

But Coach Cal also agreed that Sunday's matchup with Florida in the SEC Tournament championship will be a bit of a measuring stick for the Cats' improvement. The third crack at the No. 1 team in the country is an opportunity to test and validate their progress.

"What a great team, what a great story, what a great coaching job," Calipari said of the Gators. "You're talking about a team that it's almost an honor to play a team like that. I understand when this game is close, they will not give you the game, and if you don't fight like heck, they're taking it from you. That's who they are and that's who they have been all year. I don't see it changing."

"Now, that means when we go against them, you're going to have to take it," Coach Cal said. "They will not give it to you. As you're trying to take it, they're trying to take it from you. So they absolutely bashed us down there. We weren't even in the game. Then we make a 15-0 run and get it close, and then they bash us again. My players can all say what they want. I'm not looking forward to playing Florida again. But you know what? We are here. I don't think they're going to let us leave, so we're going to go play this game and see what happens."

Even if Calipari isn't thrilled to see the same team for the third time in one season, his players sure are.

"Florida is such a good team that it's that kind of rivalry thing that we want to go at them because they beat us twice," Willie Cauley-Stein said. "They beat us at home and waxed us at their place. Now it's like a pride factor. We're in the championship game, playing Florida. That's who we thought we was going to end up playing anyways, so it's just time to lay it all on the table and go play."

Julius Randle didn't have the SEC championship game circled as another crack at Florida, but he was happy the Gators won Saturday. He's looking forward to competing with Florida for the third time and believes the game will come down to one thing.

"Consistency," Randle said. "We can't have lapses during the game. Like Coach always says, when the first rain drop hits how do you fight through adversity? They going to make their runs but we're going to make runs too, and at the end of the day it's going to come down to who wants them more."

Although Florida was favored to slide into the SEC championship game, the Gators route to the finals wasn't handed to them on a silver platter. The No. 1 ranked team in the country rallied back from a 10-point first-half deficit to avoid an upset on Saturday in Atlanta.

The Gators, who are one of the top ranked defensive teams in the country, held the Volunteers to just 14 points in the second half.

"One, they're veterans," Cauley-Stein said on Florida's defense. "They know how to play a college game and they do a great job of helping the helper. If one guy gets beat, there's another guy there and they rotate really well. It's hard to get wide-open shots."

Cauley-Stein described Sunday's matchup as a stepping stone for Kentucky's future.

"Cal said it after the game, the game tomorrow is cool," Cauley-Stein said. "We're in the championship game against Florida but it doesn't really mean anything. Our big goal is to try and make this run and get to the final four. Tomorrow is just a stepping stone for real. We're going to obviously play to win but it's not like a life-or-death situation."

A stepping stone and nothing more is right. Due to the timing of the SEC championship game, the outcome of the showdown will likely have no bearing on Kentucky's seeding in the NCAA Tournament. The game will end just before the NCAA Tournament Selection Show at 6 p.m., giving the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee little time to factor in how the Cats play.

Calipari pointed out that in 2011 -- when the game was even earlier in the day -- UK beat Florida in the championship game and still got a No. 4 seed in arguably the toughest bracket in the NCAA Tournament.  Florida, meanwhile, received a No. 2 seed.

"We're fine," Calipari said. "We're in. But where you put us may hit somebody above us, like, 'Why are you putting them with us?' But that's what makes the committee what they are and makes it hard. They can't watch the game tomorrow. They can watch it, but it's not going to have any bearing on what happens."

No bearing on seeding for the tournament means the Wildcats are playing for one thing: validity. Has the "tweak" worked magic? Can the Cats fight for a full 40 minutes? Is the improvement permanent or will Kentucky revert to old habits against a team like Florida?

A win against the No. 1 team in the country for the SEC championship would prove this team really isn't the same as the one two weeks ago.

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