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Kentucky Wildcats draw No. 2 seed in South Region alongside UNC, UCLA

Cats open NCAA Tournament against Northern Kentucky on Friday in Indianapolis.

Kentucky's 11-game win streak en route to the SEC Tournament championship has earned the Wildcats a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

The Cats (29-5) will face Northern Kentucky on Friday in Indianapolis. Tipoff is slated for approximately 9:30 p.m. ET. 

In their first year as a Horizon League member, the Norse (24-10) captured the league's automatic bid by defeating Milwaukee 59-53 in the championship game. NKU is on a six-game winning streak and has lost only one game since Jan. 29.

The two programs have met only one time previously, a 93-63 win by UK in November of 2013.

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If Kentucky advances, it faces the winner of the Dayton (7) versus Wichita State (10) matchup. 

The South Region features ACC champion North Carolina as the No. 1 seed and UCLA as the No. 3 seed, a pair of potential rematches for the Cats. UK defeated the Tar Heels 103-100 on Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, but lost to the Bruins 97-92 on Dec. 3 at Rupp Arena. 

Arkansas, who UK defeated 82-65 on Sunday in the SEC championship game, is a No. 8 seed in the upper portion of the South bracket. The Razorbacks will face Seton Hall in the opening round.

Another looming storyline has Richard Pitino's Minnesota squad seeded No. 5 in the upper half of the bracket. 


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