The NCAA tournament selection committee is receiving criticism for how it seeded SEC foes Kentucky and Texas A&M in their perspective regions.
Despite losing to the Wildcats in the SEC tournament final, the Aggies were slotted in the No. 3 seed in the West Region, while Kentucky was placed a rung below as the No. 4 seed in the East Region.
Texas A&M senior guard and co-leading scorer Danuel House felt slighted by the reaction to the Aggies receiving the higher seed.
“[We felt] not respected,” House said, according to TexAgs.com. “We played four Big 12 games early and we won all of them.”
However, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy took a diplomatic approach.
“We’re happy with where we were seeded,” Kennedy said. “We thought Kentucky should have probably been seeded higher [too]. We’ve gotten due respect.”
Kentucky and Texas A&M will have a chance to earn respect with long March Madness runs. The Wildcats open play Thursday night against No. 13 Stony Brook, while the Aggies begin Friday against No. 14 Green Bay.