By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has a 27-6 overall record after losing 82-78 to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.
A win could have put UK as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but it’s more likely now that UK will be a two seed when the NCAA selection committee announces the tournament pairings Sunday night.
Does Calipari think his team should be a No. 1 seed?
“I don’t know. I mean, there’s a bunch of teams that would say it. I’d say we’re pretty good. It’s not if we’re a 1 or 2. It’s who is the other team? I have an idea who it will be,” Calipari said.
“If you’re telling me we’re the No. 1 two seed, we should play the lowest of the 1 seeds. That’s all I’m saying. If you’re saying we’re the second, we should play the third of the 1 seeds. Maybe it won’t happen that way. We’ll see.
“But it’s fine. I say that, and before you even look at that team, you have to play three games. Every one of them are hard. There’s some teams right now that they want to say mid-majors. You don’t want to be playing them. It happened last year.”
Calipari believes the top 16 teams in the tournament should be seeded accordingly and based in regions based on the seeding, not geography or who is in what conference.
“Doesn’t matter where you’re playing. I believe you should do this. Well, this team has 11 teams from their league in the NCAA tournament. So they got 11 teams in. You’re going to give them another advantage? Just do the S-curve, first 16 teams. They (selection committee) don’t,” Calipari said.
“That’s when you say that the power in this one (region) , this is death row, this one is a little bit easier. Then when you’re in the easy one, you’re happy. Seems like those teams are always happy. If you’re in the tough one, you’re always upset.
“Just do the S-curve, it’s easy. But they have a reason why they don’t to do it. I don’t agree with it. But I’m not in the room doing it.”