Kentucky finished 0-2 in the SEC tournament held this week in Hoover, Alabama, but the early exit did not dissuade the NCAA Selection Committee. Earlier in the week, selection Chairman Larry Templeton (A.D., Mississippi State) indicated that Kentucky was still in good shape for receiving a regional bid, citing Lexington's geographically favorable location as well as Kentucky's rise from worst-to-first in the conference. Templeton stated that any team that performed that accomplishment in the conference deserved a reward, and it appears the selection committee agreed.
The Southeastern Conference will host five of the sixteen sites to lead all conferences. NCAA Regional sites announced today include Alabama (41-19), Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Arkansas (38-19), Fayetteville, Ark.; Cal St. Fullerton (41-13), Fullerton, Calif.; Clemson (46-14), Clemson, S.C.; Georgia (41-19), Athens, Ga.; Georgia Tech (45-16), Atlanta; Kentucky (42-15), Lexington, Ky.; Mississippi (39-20), Oxford, Miss.; Nebraska (42-14), Lincoln, Neb.; North Carolina (45-13), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Oklahoma (40-19), Norman, Okla.; Oregon St. (39-13), Corvallis, Oregon; Pepperdine (39-19), Malibu, Calif.; Rice (49-10), Houston; Texas (40-19), Austin, Texas; and Virginia (46-13), Charlottesville, Va. This is the first time in Kentucky's history that they have hosted an NCAA regional site.
NCAA Ticket information can be located at this link on the UK Athletics website.
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