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Kentucky Wildcats a No. 3 seed in NCAA committee's early Top 16 reveal

UK ranked 12th among teams in the current standings.

For the first time ever, the NCAA Tournament selection committee gave college basketball fans an early glimpse of the March Madness brackets on Saturday.

In similar fashion to college football's playoff standings, the committee revealed its top 16 teams based on their resumes to date.

Kentucky drew a No. 3 seed in the East Region alongside defending national champion Villanova, which was the No. 1 overall seed, as well as rival Louisville at No. 2 and UCLA at No. 4. 

"I'm happy. The way we're defending, can we just mark that in with a marker so it stays there and we don't have to worry about stuff?" UK head coach John Calipari joked on the CBS program prior to his team's game Saturday at Alabama.

"One thing I'm happy about -- and I know there are some coaches who are like, 'Why are we doing this?' -- but it's transparency. Now we could all play into seeds, play out of seeds, and it gives a real transparency to the whole prospect of what's going on. I'm excited about it and glad that we're doing it."

The Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 SEC) were ranked No. 12 among the first 16 teams in the current field.

Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga are the No. 1 seeds at this time.

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