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UK NCAA Tournament Capsule: Surprise conference tournament winner Davidson awaits

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here is a look at the Kentucky Wildcats and Davidson Wildcast heading into their first-round NCAA Tournament matchup:

  • WHEN/WHERE: Thursday March 15 at 7:15 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho.
  • TV NETWORK: WKRC-TV (Local12).
  • SECOND-ROUND OPPONENT FOR THE WINNER: Winner of No. 4 Arizona (27-7) vs. No. 13 on Buffalo (26-8) on Saturday March 17 at time TBA.
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET: Click here.

UK WILDCATS

  • RECORD: 24-10.
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT SEED: No. 5 in South Region.
  • HOW THEY EARNED BERTH: Automatic by winning SEC Tournament championship.
  • HEAD COACH: John Calipari (26th season overall, 718-203 record; 9th season at UK, 273-63 record; 20th NCAA Tournament appearance; 8th NCAA Tournament appearance at UK, 26-6 record - 1 NCAA title in 2012; 1 runner-up finish in 2014; 4 Final Fours in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015; 6 Elite Eight appearances in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017).
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 56 (126-51 record; 8 NCAA titles - 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012; 4 runner-up finishes - 1966, 1975, 1997 and 2014; 17 Final Fours - 1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966, 1975, 1978, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015; 37 Elite Eight appearances - 1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017; 42 Sweet 16 appearances - 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017).
  • TOP FIVE SCORERS: Fr. F Kevin Knox (15.6 ppg); G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (13.4 ppg); F P.J. Washington (10.7 ppg); G Hamidou Diallo (10.3 ppg); G Quade Green (9.6 ppg).
  • TEAM WEBSITE: UKAthletics.com.


DAVIDSON WILDCATS

  • RECORD: 21-11.
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT SEED: No. 12 in South Region.
  • HOW THEY EARNED BERTH: Automatic by winning Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship.
  • HEAD COACH: Bob McKillop (29th season overall and at Davidson, 554-339 record; 9th NCAA Tournament appearance, 3-8 record; 1 Elite Eight finish in 2008).
  • NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 13 (8-14 record; 3 Elite finishes - 1968, 1969 and 2008; 1 Sweet 16 finish - 1966).
  • TOP FIVE SCORERS: Sr. F Peyton Aldridge (21.8 ppg); Fr. G Kellan Grady (18.1 ppg); Soph. G Jon Axel Gudmundsson (13.1 ppg); Soph. KiShawn Pritchett (5.8 ppg); Sr. F Will Magarity (5.6 ppg).
  • TEAM WEBSITE: DavidsonWildcats.com.
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