Bracketology update: What Tennessee beating Kentucky means for NCAA Tournament seeding

John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats. (Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats. (Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Kentucky Wildcats lost to the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC Tournament. How does this loss impact their seeding in the NCAA Tournament?

The Kentucky Wildcats had the opportunity to win their first SEC Tournament title since 2018. All they had to do was get past the Tennessee Volunteers to reach the finals.

Instead, Tennessee won by the score of 69-62 on Saturday, giving them the chance to win their first SEC Championship since 1979 with a win over Texas A&M on Sunday.

With this latest loss, the Wildcats now move onto the NCAA Tournament, which was virtually a lock considering they were the No. 5 ranked team in the nation entering the week. But how will this loss to the Volunteers impact the Wildcats’ seeding in March Madness?

What Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee means for NCAA Tournament seeding

Regardless of the end result, it was doubtful that Kentucky was going to end up with one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Even with the loss, they are not going to fall down to a No. 3 seed. Win or lose, the Wildcats were going to end up with a No. 2 seed.

As for the Volunteers, they locked up a No. 2 seed with their win.

In the aforementioned game, Keion Brooks Jr. led the way for Kentucky, as he scored 19 points (7-for-11 from field) and grabbed five rebounds. Oscar Tshiebwe notched a double-double by scoring 13 points (5-for-10 from field) and recording 11 rebounds.

Kentucky shot 34.4-percent from the field, as opposed to Tennessee’s 44.2-percent.

The Wildcats will find out their official seeding and their first-round opponents during the Selection Show on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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