Kentucky was still flying when the initial NCAA Tournament bracket was announced and probably didn't learn until landing that it was a No. 2 seed and matched against in-state neighbor and newcomer Northern Kentucky, No. 15 seed.
The No. 8 Wildcats were heading back to Lexington after beating Arkansas 82-65 for the Southeastern Conference Tournament title on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Coach John Calipari and players usually head to his house after returning to watch the Selection Show, but weren't back in time this year to discover they're headed to Indianapolis — at least, not in front of assembled media stationed in the coach's living room.
Little about the seeding or placement was a surprise, though Kentucky's run through the SEC had stoked talk radio and social media buzz about possibly earning a No. 1 seed.