With Selection Sunday only 10 days away, Kentucky
's recent slump has resulted in the Wildcats slipping two spots in the most widely-recognized NCAA Tournament projection.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Cats tabbed as the No. 7 seed in the South Region, playing a first-round game against Oregon (21-8) out of the Pac-12 in the latest BRACKETOLOGY update.
Kentucky (22-8) is projected to begin the tourney in Raleigh, N.C., with a potential second-round matchup against ACC champion Virginia
(25-5) as the No. 2 seed. SEC champion Florida is the top seed in the South bracket.
In this latest model, the SEC has four teams in the tourney field: Florida (1), UK (7), Arkansas (11/play-in) and Tennessee (12/play-in).
Kentucky has at least two major opportunities to improve its position remaining. The Cats travel to Gainesville, Fla., to play the top-ranked Gators on Saturday. After that, they'll head to Atlanata for the SEC Tournament as the No. 2 seed with a chance to add three more wins to its season total and improve their mark in the final 12 games.
UK currently has a No. 17 RPI with a No. 6 strength of schedule.
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