Kentucky got a sweet draw last year in the NCAA Tournament on its way to the Elite Eight.
The Cats merely had to board a bus and head 80 miles west for two games in Louisville.
When the draw is announced Monday night on ESPN, Coach Matthew Mitchell doesn't expect the Cats will be so lucky this time.
"Life has a way of evening out," he said this week while attending the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen in Bowling Green. "So we're just going to be happy to go wherever the committee happens to send us."
He's prepared his team for the idea that UK may be heading to a destination where it has to play a team on its home floor, which could happen at several different first-round sites.
For instance, the most current Bracketology by ESPN's Charlie Creme has Kentucky heading to College Park, Md., where it could face a second-round game against home team and lower-seeded Maryland, even though the Terrapins are rated No. 16 in the most recent Associated Press poll and UK is rated No. 17.
That projection has UK as the four seed in that regional and Maryland as the five seed.
The NCAA's RPI ratings, which the committee uses when seeding, have Kentucky (24-8) as 14th in the nation. That probably means UK will be a four seed.
The Cats will learn their fate the same way they did last season, on the couch in the den of Mitchell's house. The selection show on ESPN will air at 7 p.m.
It's been a little more than a week since Kentucky fell to Tennessee in the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville.
Since then, the Cats have gotten several days of rest along with other days of individual instruction, Mitchell said.
When the team has had full practices, things have gone well.
There don't seem to be any hanging heads about the loss to the Lady Vols, he said.
"They're in good spirits right now," Mitchell said. "They are positive, energetic, spirited. We still think we have the capability to make a real deep run into the tournament."
Louisville also is awaiting a likely at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The most recent projections by Creme have the Cardinals as a No. 7 seed facing No. 10 seed Vanderbilt in Durham, N.C.
Mathies getting rest
Sophomore point guard A'dia Mathies has been resting her injured back this past week in hopes that she will be back to 100 percent when the Cats take the floor for their first NCAA Tournament game.
Mitchell said Mathies has spent time in treatment and running in the hydro pool so that it can heal fully.