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NCAA Reveal

Kentucky (#5 overall) and Louisville (#15) earned love from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Jay Bilas and Clark Kellogg are not the only ones who have noticed how well the Louisville and Kentucky basketball teams have played this season.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee noticed, too.

Pretend the 2019 tournament started Saturday evening. This is where the Cardinals and Wildcats would be seeded:

Kentucky is the overall No. 5 seed, headed to Kansas City as the second pick in the Midwest Regional. The Wildcats were booked behind Virginia in the Midwest.

Louisville earned the No. 15 overall seed, and the fourth seed in the West Regional in Anaheim, Calif. 

The committee picked its top 16 teams Saturday during its bracket preview, not the entire 68-team field.

There is plenty to fuss about from the results. Over the last two months Kentucky has played like one of the top four teams in the nation, defeating North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas and all but one Southeastern Conference opponent.

But the Wildcats have three defeats, including one to Seton Hall, and rank one spot behind Gonzaga, which has only lost once.

Here is the breakdown of the seeds:

ONE SEEDS

Duke (East)

Tennessee (South)

Virginia (Midwest)

Gonzaga (West)

TWO SEEDS

Kentucky (Midwest)

Michigan (East)

North Carolina (South)

Michigan State (West)

THREE SEEDS

Purdue (South)

Kansas (West)

Houston (Midwest)

Marquette (East)

FOUR SEEDS

Iowa State (East)

Nevada (South)

Louisville (West)

Wisconsin (Midwest).

CBS bracketologist Jerry Palm projected the 68-team field. Palm had Louisville playing Hofstra with a likely second-round game against Villanova, the defending national champion.

Palm had Kentucky playing Loyola (Chicago), the team that was the Cinderella story of the 2018 tournament, making the Final Four. In the second round, the Wildcats were likely to play St. John's. 

The announcement came Saturday afternoon from Indianapolis, where the committee has huddled for several days. Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, chairman of the committee, appeared on CBS to share the news.

The reveal of the 68-team field is scheduled for Sunday March 17 with play to begin in Dayton, Ohio two days later.

These are the eight sites for first- and second-round games: Hatford, Conn.; Des Moines, Iowa; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Jacksonville, Fla., on March 21 and 23. Tulsa, Okla.; Columbus, Ohio; Columbia, S.C.; and San Jose, Calif. on March 22 and 24.

The South Regional will be played at the KFC Yum! Center here on March 28 and 30, the same days as West Regional in Anaheim, Calif. The East (Washington, D.C.) and Midwest regionals (Kansas City) are scheduled for one day later.

The Final Four will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the first time on April 5 and 7.

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