UK’s 2018 NCAA Tournament resume


The Kentucky men’s basketball team celebrates after the game against Tennessee in the SEC tournament championship on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 77-72. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

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Today is Selection Sunday, and this year’s selection show is a bit different for Kentucky. A team that usually faces a mid-major conference winner for their first-round matchup will instead likely face a bubble team wanting to prove that they belong in the tournament.

Looking forward, here’s what the selection committee will be looking at when determining where Kentucky will land.


Record: 24-10 (10-8)

Strength of schedule: 9 (

Points per game: 76.7

Opponents points per game: 70.3

Quadrant 1 wins: vs. Texas A&M, @ Arkansas, @ West Virginia, vs. Tennessee (SEC Championship Game)

Quadrant 2 wins: vs. Louisville, vs. Alabama (twice), vs. Missouri, vs. Vermont, vs. Virginia Tech, @ LSU, vs. Mississippi State, @ Vanderbilt, vs. Georgia

Worst loss: @ South Carolina, vs. UCLA


RPI: 18 (as of the end of Saturday)

BPI: 23 (as of Sunday morning)


Adjusted efficiency: 17th

Adjusted offense: 24th

Adjusted defense: 23rd


ESPN: 5-seed in the South region after UK’s SEC Championship game win

CBS Sports: 5-seed in the West region after UK’s SEC Championship game win

Similar resumes from 2017

Cincinnati: 30-6, 23rd in KenPom adjusted efficiency, 34th in adjusted offense, 15th in adjusted defense– 6-seed in NCAA Tournament

Florida State: 26-9, 26th in adjusted efficiency, 31st in adjusted offense, 31st in adjusted defense– 3-seed in NCAA Tournament.

Minnesota: 24-10, 37th in adjusted efficiency, 77th in adjusted offenses, 22nd in adjusted defense– 5-seed in NCAA Tournament.