As Kentucky faces 'gauntlet,' NCAA Selection Committee will be watching

Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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"We're all beating each other up," Florida coach Mike White said. "But we're also preparing each other. The beatings -- the exposing, if you will -- will only lead to development ... . You can learn a lot about yourself after a win. But I think you can learn more after a loss."

After Tennessee beat Kentucky on Tuesday, coach Rick Barnes spoke of a bonanza for the SEC on Selection Sunday.

"If it keeps going like it is right now, this (league) should have nine teams in the NCAA Tournament ...," he said. "This is as competitive as any league I've ever coached in."

The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is in Indianapolis this week. The committee is preparing for Sunday's announcement of the top 16 seeds as of Feb. 11. The announcement is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on CBS-27.

To show how fluid the situation can be, Rasmussen spoke of the many games to be played before Sunday: 87 on Wednesday and Thursday, then another 145 on Saturday.

Committee members are scheduled to leave Indianapolis on Thursday, but meet via teleconference Saturday night and Sunday morning, Rasmussen said.


"To make sure we're comfortable with what will be announced on CBS," he said.

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