LEXINGTON, Ky. — The NCAA Tournament selection committee will give fans and teams a preview of the top-16 seeds in two weeks and Kentucky coach John Calipari approves of the sneak peek.
It’s the first time in tournament history seeding indications will be revealed prior to the official announcement. CBS will air the preview show at 12:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 11.
“I like transparency so that we don’t, on selection day, bang you’re an 8 seed,” Calipari said Friday. “What? So now as you go you have an idea of where it is. Just be transparent.”
The Cats stand 4th in the RPI rankings but their loss to Tennessee has them out of the current 1 seed picture, according to most outlets. ESPN and NBC have Kentucky as a 2 seed and CBS dropped the team to a 3 seed.
Kentucky has a chance to add a marquee win to its resume at 6 p.m. Saturday against No. 2 Kansas — one of the teams Kentucky will likely be competing against for a 1 seed come March.
Calipari said all the top seeds should be able to pick where they want to play.
“What’s right for the kids? Let them pick,” the coach said. “You’re the No. 2 seed. Where do you want to play? What region? You’re the 3 seed. What region? You’re the 4 seed, here’s where you’re going; they’re all gone. It’s better that way. It’s just more transparent, and I think they’re moving in that direction, which I think is good.”
The in-season snapshot is used in other sports, for example, the week-to-week releases of the College Football Playoff rankings.
“They do it in women, right?” Calipari asked. “They do it baseball, they do it in football. Why shouldn’t we do it in basketball? ‘We don’t because we don’t.’ What? We don’t because we don’t? I mean, everybody else is doing it, do it. So I like it.”