Disappointing loss behind them, Kentucky Wildcats ready to ‘just go play’

James Young - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
James Young - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
James Young – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

The Selection Show is normally cause for celebration, but the Kentucky Wildcats were in no mood on Sunday.

They had just suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game at the hands of Florida, so they watched in a private room in the Georgia Dome quietly as brackets were revealed.

When Kentucky popped up on the screen, they barely reacted — which surely can’t be said for most UK fans who were also tuned in to CBS.

“I think they’re still disappointed we lost this game so they’re still not thinking,” John Calipari said. “We’ve got a couple guys still almost despondent.”

UK (24-10) was tabbed a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region, facing a second-round matchup with No. 9 Kansas State (20-12) on Friday at 9:40 p.m. ET in St. Louis. Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson will be on the call for the CBS broadcast. The winner will likely face the region’s No. 1 seed, unbeaten Wichita State.

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