Calipari discusses NCAA Tourney seeding

Calipari: "Every game we play, it's all about seeding. And that's — we are just playing for that."

Kentucky would seem to have just about clinched one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament with its 28-1 record, No. 1 ranking and Southeastern Conference title.

Calipari was not overly concerned about being the No. 1 overall seed or just one of the four No. 1 seeds.

"Somebody told me out west (in Las Vegas), they said we are the favorite. Somebody said that to me. And I obviously don't follow that stuff," Calipari said. "But the crazy thing is, they don't have any emotion out that way. It's all based on green dollars. They have no emotion. There's no, I don't like this guy, and I like that guy, and I don't like this program and I like that program. It has nothing to do with that.

"So, I don't know. Let me just tell you, Syracuse is outstanding; Missouri is outstanding; Kansas is outstanding, Ohio State is outstanding; Duke and North Carolina, outstanding, Michigan State is playing their butts off. Everybody could be a one seed. We are just trying to do what we do."

With two regular-season games left — Georgia at home Thursday and then the regular-season ending game at Florida before the start of the SEC tourney, Calipari says seeding is important.

"Every game we play, it's all about seeding. And that's — we are just playing for that. I mean, we have won over the years a lot of conference championships and tournament championships, but I'm telling you, my teams have never —that isn't what we are playing for. It's all about that seed," the Kentucky coach said.

"So hopefully we are doing what we need to. Getting better. It's nice, I told the, congratulations (for winning the SEC), but you all know this is not why we are playing, and they know that."


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