NASHVILLE — John Calipari halted his SEC championship celebration on Sunday to throw more salt in the direction of the NCAA tournament selection committee.
“My guess is, we’ll be a four seed,” Calipari said. “And you all would say, ‘Well, you should be a three seed.'”
Kentucky (26-8) certainly fits the bill of a No. 3 seed after beating Texas A&M in overtime, but Calipari claimed the committee had already made up its mind before the weekend.
“If we’re a four seed, it was picked before the game,” Calipari said. “Which means A&M will be a five or a six. If we had lost, we’d have been a five or six, and you’d say, ‘There’s no way.’
“If they were picked before the tournament, they’re not messing up the board. We’re not changing this. It changes 19 things. Just leave ’em. We shouldn’t be playing this tournament on Sunday, then. Because that’s not fair to this program.”
The committee will begin revealing selections at 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Calipari said that supposed inaccurate seeding not only hurts Kentucky, but also the teams it’s slotted against during the tournament’s first weekend.
The coach often references the Wildcats’ No. 8 seed in 2014, a low grade that wound up hurting No. 1 seed Wichita State when Kentucky blew by them in the second round.
“Ask Wichita State,” Calipari said. “It is not fair. But we’ll see.”
Sunday marked the third straight day he went after the committee. He’d previously joked that Tennessee should be in the tournament and that the committee would somehow “put Louisville back in” the field to face Kentucky.
The NCAA tournament selection show airs at 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS.