UK Basketball: Calipari not surprised by his team’s seeding in NCAA Tournament

Vanderbilt is dealing with a sprained ankle. But the season is far from over. Tennessee was given the No. 3 seed in the South.


In spite of playing at a slow pace, Davidson averages 76.4 points per game (hence the strong offensive efficiency rating). He was Tennessee’s lone representative on the All-Tournament Team.

“Shai has the ball in his hands a lot during the game, and he’s really grown over the year and be able to get his points and get other people involved”, Knox said. After he made that, Rhode Island had its chances to retake the lead.

Here are 10 things to know about the Wildcats of the Atlantic 10 before that game. Bone finished with 12 points and four assists.

Kentucky had their best run in the 2nd Half with 2:53 on the clock. Now he’s just accepting about the challenge ahead. A Thursday NCAA game means Tennessee will have to head to Dallas on Tuesday, marking a quick turnaround for players who just played three games in three days.

Alabama lost 15 games this season, and there were some ugly ones (Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Mississippi). They just haven’t let more teams in.

Tennessee wasn’t as effective in turning points into turnovers – 11 points from turnovers, compared to Kentucky’s 14. Yet, UT had all the momentum heading into the break after erasing a 17-point deficit. He shoots 50.8 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line, which surpassed McKillop’s expectations.

The 6-3 guard from Teaneck (N.J.) came back from missing most of the 2016-17 season with a thumb injury to average 20.9 points per game and earn first-team All-NEC honors for the Blackbirds.

Considered a tenuous bubble team teetering on the edge amid its five-game losing streak to end the regular season, the Crimson Tide (19-15) did its best Lazarus impression this week in St. Louis to likely secure a coveted at-large bid in next week’s NCAA tournament, potentially ending its five-year absence from the Big Dance.

5 seed in the South Region, opens play in the NCAA Tournament against Davidson on Thursday in Boise.

University of Tennessee students can request NCAA Tournament tickets via However, the players on the current roster don’t have much NCAA tournament experience.

“There’s no doubt coaches have always wanted to move their conference championships up to Saturday and that’s been a topic of discussion and will always be a topic”, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said.


“They start the second half and make another run at us, and I’ve got to call a time-out right before the 16- minute mark, and this team responded”, Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

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