Cats drop to 7 line

Willie Cauley-Stein

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. Read amore about it in this AllWildcats update.

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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Jeff Drummond has covered University of Kentucky sports and recruiting for newspapers, magazines and online publications since 1988 and for Scout since 2012. A Richmond, Ky., native, he currently resides in Lexington.

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