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Kentucky Wildcats earn 2 seed in South Region, face Northern Kentucky first

The Cats’ NCAA Tournament fate is revealed.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Kentucky vs Arkansas Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, the Kentucky Wildcats will be a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

They were put in the South Region, which most of the projections had coming into Selection Sunday. The region’s 1 seed with be North Carolina.

The Cats made a strong push for a 1 seed coming into Selection Sunday, highlighted by 11-straight wins, an SEC regular-season title and a tournament title.

Back in February when the committee did an early bracket preview, Kentucky was just barely a 3 seed, so seeing Kentucky managed to be the first or second-best 2 seed is about right.

Kentucky’s first NCAA game will come at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis this Friday. They will face Northern Kentucky.

If Kentucky wins that game, they advance to the round of 32 on Sunday and likely face Wichita State, who is somehow a 10 seed facing 7th-seeded Dayton.

This region also has UCLA being the 3 seed, making this a very daunting path for Kentucky just to get to the Final Four if the Shockers, Bruins and Tar Heels are in their way.

The other 1 seeds are Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest) and Gonzaga (West).