Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Not Good Enough For NIT Either

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Anyone who thought that the Kentucky Wildcats were snubbed by the NCAA by not getting an invite to the 2013 NCAA Tournament should rethink their position. The Wildcats stunk up the floor at the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) tonight by losing to an inferior opponent.

The 8th ranked Robert Morris upset top ranked Kentucky 59-57. This is evidence that the Wildcats did not belong at the big dance. Heck they weren't good enough at the little dance. The swagger that the Wildcats once had has definitely disappeared.

As good as the Wildcats were last year during their championship run they are arguably as bad during their embarrassing first round loss at the NIT. I must admit that I thought that they should have received a spot at the NCAA National Tournament. When I saw a team like Liberty who went 15-20 getting a spot in the First Four, I thought where was Kentucky? I was wrong.

Kentucky didn't belong with the big boys this year. They just weren't good enough. The real surprise for me was that they were booted out of the tournament in the first round of the NIT. While I wasn't sure if they would win the NIT, I thought that they would be one of the final four standing in that tournament.

Other teams in the NIT must be relieved that they won't have to face the Wildcats. Had Kentucky been able to shake off the first game jitters, they probably would have been a formidable opponent.

Now Kentucky has to go home and start thinking about what went wrong this season. I think that John Calipari will come to the quick realization that they lost a lot of talent after their 2012 championship. They didn't replace that talent this year.

Will Calipari bolt for the NBA? I doubt it. Last year would have been the best time for him to bolt. His team looked more like a professional basketball team than a college one. He had just come off a national championship victory. He would have been hired in a heartbeat.

It's not that he won't have suitors but in my opinion his value has diminished. Losing to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT doesn't look good at all. I see him returning for at least one more year and grabbing that $1 million incentive bonus due to him after July 1st of this year.

I'm still in shock that Kentucky lost tonight but probably not nearly as much as the Wildcats and their fans are. I can't imagine what is going through the minds of the Wildcats faithful right now. All I can say is turn that frown upside down. There's always next year.

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