Arizona Wildcats earn a four seed in the NCAA Tournament

LSU's Brandon Rachal dunks the ball during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game against the Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday

It marked the third time they were seeded No. 1 in the last four years, after 2015 and 2017.

The Wildcats will have to open by facing 13th-seeded Buffalo in Boise, Idaho in a South Region pod, instead of staying in the West and playing in San Diego.

After winning the SEC Championship, the Kentucky Wildcats now know their fate in the NCAA March Madness National Tournament. Now, it's time for the Wildcats to continue living up to the hype after earning a No. 1 seed in the East Region with a matchup against the victor of the LIU Brooklyn and Radford game. The game will be held in Boise. Davidson is a bit of a surprising tourney team, beating Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 championship game.

Arizona was one of three Pac-12 teams to make the 68-team tournament field with Arizona State and UCLA being the other two programs.

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Buffalo features four players averaging double figures led by junior guard CJ Massinberg, who leads the team with 16.9 points and rebounds with 7.4 per game.

If the Wildcats win their opener, they will face the victor of the No. 5 Kentucky and No. 12 Davidson game on Saturday.

All season, the Villanova Wildcats were considered one of the top favorites to make a run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and rightfully so when looking at how unsafe Jay Wright's team has looked, especially from beyond the arc. In addition to Kentucky, the South also features teams such as Virginia - the No. 1-seed - Cincinnati, Tennessee, Miami and Nevada.

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