No. 8 Kentucky to face No. 9 Kansas State in St. Louis

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team will kick off its 53rd NCAA Tournament vs. Kansas State on Friday, March 21 at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET at the Scottrade Center the NCAA has announced.

The game will be televised live on CBS.

In something of a shocker, the Kentucky Wildcats were given the number eight seed in the Midwest region. Many thought the Wildcats would get a 6-seed, but that's not the case.

The Wildcats (24-10) fell out of the Top 25 but bounced back with wins over LSU and Georgia in the SEC tournament. Kentucky also pushed top-seeded Florida in Sunday's tourney final before falling 61-60.

Kansas State (20-12) is one of seven teams from the Big 12 to make the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have lost their last three, including a 91-85 defeat to league tournament champion Iowa State.

The Kentucky-Kansas State winner faces a likely matchup against top-seeded Wichita State on Sunday.

UK and Kansas State have played each other 8 times. UK has won all eight of those games. Most recently in 2008, Kentucky won 74-72.

Other teams the Midwest region:

1 - Wichita State
2 - Michigan
3 - Duke
4 - Louisville
5 - St. Louis
7 - Texas
9 - Kansas State
10 - Arizona State
11 - Iowa/Tennessee
12 - NC State/Xavier
13 - Manhattan
14 - Mercer
15 - Wofford
16 - Cal Poly/Texas Southern

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