NCAA Tournament top seed Kentucky to play Thursday in Louisville

Kentucky Wildcats - photo by Walter Cornett
Wildcats – photo by Walter Cornett

For the 12th time in program history, the men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats earned the top seed in the Midwest Region and will open tournament action Thursday in Louisville vs. the winner of the Manhattan/Hampton First Round matchup.

enters NCAA play with a perfect 34-0 record after the Wildcats claimed their 28th SEC Tournament title Sunday with a 78-63 win over Arkansas.

The -Manhattan/Hampton matchup in the Second Round will take place Thursday, March 19 in Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. Time and television information will be announced later this evening.

Tickets for the second and third round games in Louisville are sold out with the exception of a very limited number of All-Session packages available through Ticketmaster.  may also check the NCAA Ticket Exchange, the official secondary marketplace for authentic NCAA Tournament tickets.  Complete ticket information for all NCAA sites can be found on the NCAA website.

will hold a student lottery on Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm at Memorial Coliseum for the second and third round games in Louisville. Students should refer to the student basketball website for complete details.

Should win its opening contest vs. Manhattan or Hampton, will face the winner of the No. 8 Cincinnati – No. 9 Purdue Second Round game.

The Wildcats earned their record 54th NCAA Tournament berth in program history. They own the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2012, when won its eighth national title. The 2012 title run also saw open the tournament in the Derby City, with wins over WKU and Iowa State.