NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WYMT) - Kentucky will be the No. 2 seed in the annual Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Wildcats, who earned the coveted double-bye (automatically advancing to the quarterfinals), will play the winner of No. 7 seed Ole Miss vs. No. 10 seed Alabama on Friday in Nashville at approximately 7 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals.
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UK finished in a tie for second place with Tennessee with a 15-3 league record but owned the tiebreaker over the Volunteers for the No. 2
seed. The teams split their head-to-head series, both lost to No. 1 seed LSU, both went undefeated vs. No. 4 seed South Carolina, but UK went
2-0 vs. No. 5 seed Auburn while UT lost its only matchup with the Tigers. That was the deciding factor.
The Wildcats are seeking their fifth straight SEC Tournament championship and seventh in John Calipari's 10 seasons at Kentucky. UK will need two wins to advance to their ninth SEC Tournament title game in the last 10 seasons. The Wildcats have earned a double bye in every season since it went into effect in 2013.
Kentucky leads the league with 31 SEC Tournament titles. The Wildcats are 133-25 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 44-11 in the
quarterfinals. Under Calipari the Wildcats are 22-3 in SEC Tournament games.
UK defeated Ole Miss last week, 80-76, in Oxford, Mississippi, in the lone meeting this season between the two schools. The Wildcats are 15-0 all-time vs. Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament, including 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
If Kentucky faces Alabama, it would be the fourth straight season the Wildcats have faced the Crimson Tide in the SEC Tournament. UK has
won all three of the previous matchups and is 16-2 vs. Alabama in the league tournament and is 5-1 in the quarterfinals. But, Alabama won the
lone regular-season meeting back on Jan. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 77-75.
Also on Kentucky's side of the bracket is No. 3 seed Tennessee, No. 6 seed Mississippi State, No. 11 seed Texas A&M and No. 14 seed Vanderbilt.
The tournament returns to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the fourth time in the last five seasons after a pit stop in St. Louis last season.
UK has won the SEC Tournament the last three times it has been in Nashville and four times under Calipari.