Kansas State earns No. 9 seed in Midwest

Kansas State guard Marcus Foster (2) celebrates a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas State guard Marcus Foster (2) celebrates a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Preseason No. 1 Kentucky is seeded eighth in the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament and will face Kansas State in St. Louis on Friday at 8:40 p.m. on CBS.

The Wildcats (24-10) fell out of the Top 25 but bounced back with wins over LSU and Georgia in the SEC tournament. Kentucky also pushed top-seeded Florida in Sunday’s tourney final before falling 61-60.

Kansas State (20-12) is one of seven teams from the Big 12 to make the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have lost their last three, including a 91-85 defeat to league tournament champion Iowa State.

The Kentucky-Kansas State winner faces a likely matchup against top-seeded Wichita State on Sunday.

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