UK Hoops Awaits NCAA Tournament Seeding

March 15, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After recording one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Kentucky women's basketball team will undoubtedly be making its seventh overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the women's selection show is announced Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.

The Wildcats (25-7, 11-5 SEC), who will gather at head coach Matthew Mitchell's house to watch the show, have compiled an outstanding resume this season which includes tying the most wins in program history, a school-record 11 wins in the SEC and a second-place finish in the league standings. UK also had an impressive showing in the SEC Tournament last week, earning a first-round bye before defeating Auburn and Mississippi State en route to its first SEC Tournament championship game appearance since 1982. The Cats fell to No. 4 Tennessee in the final game, 70-62.

UK, which has a current RPI of 19 according to the NCAA, has appeared in six NCAA Tournaments, the last coming in 2006. The Cats went 22-9 that season and earned the fifth seed in the Bridgeport (Conn.) Region. UK defeated Chattanooga in the first round (69-59) before narrowly falling to Michigan State in the second round (67-63). UK holds a 4-6 all-time record in the Big Dance.

UK's highest seed was in the 1982 NCAA Tournament. The Cats received the No. 2 seed in the Midwest and went on to advance to the Elite Eight vs. eventual national champion Louisiana Tech.

More information on all eight of the possible first- and second-round sites can be found at The sites are:

First and Second Rounds

March 20 and 22, 2010

Maples Pavilion
Stanford, California
Stanford University, host
Tickets: 800/STANFORD

Haas Pavilion Berkeley, California
University of California, Berkeley, host
Tickets: 800/GOBEARS

Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, North Carolina
Duke University, host
Tickets: 877/375-DUKE

Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, Tennessee
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, host
Tickets: 865/656-1200

Freedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
University of Louisville, host
Tickets: 502/852-5863

Bank of America Arena
Seattle, Washington
University of Washington, host
Tickets: 206/543-2200

Donald L. Tucker Center
Tallahassee, Florida
Florida State University, host
Tickets: 850/644-1830

Wells Fargo Arena
Tempe, Arizona
Arizona State University, host
Tickets: 480/727-0000

First and Second Rounds

March 21 and 23, 2010

James H. Hilton Coliseum
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University, host
Tickets: 888/478-2925

Frank Erwin Center
Austin, Texas
University of Texas, Austin, host
Tickets: 800/982-2386

Cintas Center
Cincinnati, Ohio
Xavier University, host
Tickets: 513/745-3411

Williams Arena
Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, host
Tickets: 800/U-GOPHER

Ted Constant Convocation Center
Norfolk, Virginia
Old Dominion University, host
Tickets: 757/683-4444

Lloyd Noble Center
Norman, Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma, host
Tickets: 800/456-GoOU

Joyce Center
Notre Dame, Indiana
University of Notre Dame, host
Tickets: 574/631-7356

Petersen Events Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh, host
Tickets: 800/643-PITT