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SEC loss doesn't shake top-seeded Wildcats

Post  BestdamnUKfanperiod on Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:05 am

SEC loss doesn't shake top-seeded Wildcats

March 12, 2012

Kentucky's loss to Vanderbilt in the championship game of the SEC tournament didn't cost the Wildcats their top overall seed in the upcoming NCAA tourney, and it apparently didn't affect the Wildcats' confidence either.

"I think we're still confident in our ability," senior guard Darius Miller said after the Wildcats lost a six-point lead over the final five minutes to fall, 71-64, to the Commodores. "Vandy's a good team.

"It would have been real tough to beat them three times in one season. They played extremely well and took advantage of every opportunity.

"I don't think this affects our confidence at all. We're going to get back in the gym and go to work."

Sophomore forward Terrence Jones was more direct after seeing Kentucky's winning streak snapped at 24 games.

"I think it makes us more hungry," Jones said. "We want to go harder just taking an 'L' like this and our win streak being done.

"I think it's going to make us go back to just playing hungrier."

As the top seed in the national tourney and No. 1 in the South Region, the Wildcats will play their first game on March 15 in nearby Louisville.

But they won't know their opponent until after the "First Four" segment is played two days earlier in Dayton, Ohio.

The Wildcats will get the winner of the game between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State.

Western Kentucky made the field despite a 15-18 record by winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament. Mississippi Valley won the SWAC regular-season and tournament titles.

Assuming a win -- a No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed in the tourney -- the Wildcats will get the winner of the 8-9 matchup between Iowa State and 2011 national champion Connecticut in the next round.

Awaiting in the regional could be No. 4 South seed Indiana, the only other team besides Vandy that has a win over the Wildcats this season.


NOTES, QUOTES

-Kentucky will be making its 51st official NCAA tournament appearance (its 1988 appearance was vacated) when it takes on the winner of the Mississippi Valley State-Western Kentucky game. The Wildcats haven't lost their first game in the tourney since 1982, when as a No. 5 seed they were bounced 50-44 by Middle Tennessee State, an 11th seed, in the Midwest Region in Nashville, Tenn.

-A potential matchup between Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State would bring together Delta Devils coach Sean Woods and his alma mater. Woods was a member of the Kentucky team dubbed the "Unforgettables," who had stood with the Wildcats through the probation-plagued late 1980s.

In a 1992 NCAA regional, he hit the basket that gave Kentucky the lead with 2.1 seconds remaining and set up one of the tourney's most memorable moments, the shot Christian Laettner hit at the buzzer after taking a long inbounds pass from Grant Hill to send Duke to the 1992 Final Four with a one-point win over the Wildcats.


QUOTE TO NOTE

"I hope we are. I love New Orleans. I hope we are." -- Coach John Calipari, asked about his chances of getting back to New Orleans, site of the SEC tourney, for the NCAA's Final Four.

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Post  stuckinknoxville on Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:08 pm

I'm ready to get this party started. Looking forward to this tournament, more so than I have in a long time.
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Post  Californication on Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:19 am

stuckinknoxville wrote:I'm ready to get this party started. Looking forward to this tournament, more so than I have in a long time.

ditto that my brutha
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