The NCAA tournament selection committee still has more than 24 hours to finalize the field of 68, but they have already agreed on their No. 1.
Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball championships, told CBS Sports on Saturday that after Kentucky has locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the field after beating Auburn and advancing to the SEC championship game.
“The committee still feels very strongly that the first two lines involves eight teams, at least, that are very deserving of consideration on both lines. I will say though that the committee is very committed I think at this point after today’s result of Kentucky beating Auburn that regardless of tomorrow’s outcome of the SEC championship game, Kentucky will be the No. 1 overall seed in the field.”
At this point, the Wildcats losing in the SEC championship game would be a much bigger story for it ending the pursuit of perfection. After Virginia and Duke’s losses in the ACC semifinals, the distance between Kentucky, Villanova and the rest of the teams hoping for 1-seeds has grown. Even a stunning upset loss would to Georgia or Arkansas, two of the better teams in the SEC, would still leave the Wildcats with the best overall record in the country with a profile fitting of the overall No. 1.