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“They did it to us again,” he quipped as he walked into his residence with his team, assistant coaches and University of Kentucky President Dr. Lee Todd.

The Wildcats, fresh off a 70-54 victory over Florida to capture their second consecutive SEC tournament title on Sunday in Atlanta, were selected as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament’s East Regional.

They will take on 13th-seeded Princeton on Thursday in Tampa, Fla.

Florida, beaten twice by Kentucky in 10 days, received a No. 2 seed in the Southeast Regional. The Wildcats are one of five SEC teams in the tournament.

Calipari said he thought before the SEC championship game that both Kentucky and Florida likely would get No. 3 seeds, or the loser of the SEC title game would become a No. 4 seed.

“I’m a little bit surprised,” Calipari said. “It was a tough road for us (and) it was a tough road last year. I don’t think it’s personal, but wow. This team has really worked hard all year and I think our RPI is seven. You’re a seven and it gets you a four? But at the end of the day you’re in the tournament and you still have to win games.”

Senior Josh Harrellson said he was disappointed by the No. 4 seed.

“We thought we should have been a 3 seed and a lot of people probably aren’t happy with where we are right now, but we can’t really complain,” he said. “We’ve just got to come out, compete and play basketball. I don’t think seeds matter, it’s the NCAA tournament.”


TONGUE TIED: Chris Mack didn’t even wait for the end of the NCAA tournament selection show to try _ again _ to fix a long-standing misconception.

The coach tweeted broadcaster Kenny Smith: “Hey … Xavier is pronounced like you say the word Xylophone.”

Not Eggsavier?


The Musketeers (24-7) got the seed they expected _ a No. 6 _ along with an opening game against Marquette on Friday in Cleveland. They also got a reminder that not everyone pays much attention to them.

During the selection show on Sunday evening, Smith not only mispronounced the school’s name but called leading scorer Tu Holloway “Tu Holliday,” a slip that made the point guard laugh.

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