Jen Smith on Basketball

A glance at UK’s first NCAA Tournament opponent: UNC Asheville


Location: Asheville, N.C.

Enrollment: 3,700

Nickname: Bulldogs

School colors: royal blue and white

Head coach: Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick (48-76 in her fourth season at UNC Asheville); she was a five-year assistant coach at Florida before being hired by Bulldogs in 2012.

Conference: Big South Conference (Bulldogs won the regular-season title and tournament championship)

All-time series: UK leads 2-0

Most recent meeting: Kentucky won 70-55 on Feb. 1, 1995, in Asheville.

Most notable victory this season: Almost every victory seems notable for the Bulldogs, who finished 26-6 this season after going a combined 22-70 in the previous three seasons. They needed a double-overtime victory over Liberty to win the tourney title and advance to their first NCAA Tournament since 2007.