By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari was right. Winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament didn’t seem to improve Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament seeding.
The Wildcats were projected as a No. 5 seed before the SEC Tournament started and that’s what they got Sunday despite winning the tourney.
Kentucky is a No. 5 seed in the South Region and will play No. 12 seed Davidson Thursday in Boise. If the Cats win, they would play the winner of No. 4 seed Arizona — and sensational freshman center DeAndre Ayton — and No. 13 seed Buffalo on Saturday.
The Wildcats (24-10) are also paired with (4) Arizona and (13) Buffalo in Boise.
Kentucky was 15th in the RPI and No. 17 in Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency ratings. Kentucky was 14-10 against Quadrant 1 and 2 teams and had the nation’s fifth-most difficult schedule.
The SEC has eight teams — Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M and Tennessee — in the tournament field.