UK among top seeds announced by NCAA

In an effort to make sure schools are ready to host early-round NCAA Tournament games this season, the women’s basketball committee revealed teams that would be among the top seeds if the tournament were held this weekend.

Kentucky is included on the list of 20 schools put out by the committee on Wednesday night, and the Cats would host first- and second-round games, as they did last season.

The committee released the four teams that would be No. 1 seeds if the tournament were held this weekend, and two of them, South Carolina and Tennessee, are from the Southeastern Conference. The others were Connecticut and Notre Dame.

The announcement has no bearing on the final seeding, the committee said in the news release, but UK Coach Matthew Mitchell was pleased to see his No. 10 Cats in position to host again.

“If we can win some ball games down the stretch, it means we are playing out there (at Memorial Coliseum) instead of somewhere else,” he said. “We’ve advanced to four Sweet 16s, three on the road and one at home, and I’d rather be at home.”

The other teams identified as top 20 teams include Arizona State, Baylor, California, Duke, Florida State, George Washington, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas A&M and Washington.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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