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UK men to open NCAA soccer tournament against Oakland (Mich.) University

The No. 18 Kentucky men's soccer team was selected to play host to Oakland (Mich.) University in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Thursday.

The match at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex will begin at 7 p.m.

The winner will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a round-of-32 match against third-seeded Michigan State, which received a first-round bye.

Kentucky (10-5-3, 5-1-2 Conference USA) will be making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. Its best finish was a Sweet 16 in 2000.

Oakland (9-6-3, 5-0-3 Horizon) enters the tournament as the Horizon League's regular-season and tournament champion. This is the Golden Grizzlies' sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2010.

Kentucky has made the NCAA Tournament in two of Coach Johan Cedergren's three seasons. Cedergren reached two NCAA Tournaments in quicker succession than any other coach in UK history.

UK has a 1-5-2 record in the NCAA Tournament. In 2012, its most recent appearance, UK lost to Xavier 1-0 in overtime.

The Wildcats, who won six of their last 10 matches, finished second in Conference USA with a record of 5-1-2.

UK went on a nine-match unbeaten streak from Sept. 23-Nov. 2. The Wildcats were 6-0-3 during that span, including wins over then-No. 21 UAB on the road and then-No. 9 New Mexico at home.

Kentucky went 3-4-3 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament, including a victory over top-seeded and defending national champion Notre Dame.

A Conference USA-record-tying four teams were selected for the 48-team NCAA Tournament.