Southeastern Conference, Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball – In a poll of more than 75 coaches conducted by ESPN on the teams they’d least like to see in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Kentucky received the second most mentions:

Kentucky (10 votes)

The Wildcats struggled for a bit, but John Calipari boasts the nation’s top backcourt in Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray — and the insertion of Derek Willis into the lineup has made a difference, giving UK a skilled frontcourt guy who can stretch the defense.

Coaches’ take on Wildcats:

“They are going to be under-seeded and if [Derek] Willis gets back to 100 percent, they are a nightmare.”

“No one is playing better right now. No one.”

The Wildcats (23-8, 13-5 SEC) received more votes than any other school in college basketball other than top-ranked Kansas, who beat UK in Lawrence 90-84 in overtime Jan. 30.

The other schools with the most mentions were North Carolina (9), Villanova (6), Michigan State (6) and Oregon (5).

Kentucky opens SEC Tournament action against the winner of Ole Miss and Alabama in Nashville Friday night. Currently, UK is projected as a No. 4 seed in the South Region

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