Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 3/17/13
After a highly anticipated Selection Sunday, the results are in – and Kentucky did not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Kentucky is the 5th defending National Champion to not make the NCAA Tournament since the field was expanded to 64 in 1985. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 17, 2013 The Wildcats, who were on the bubble much of the season, ultimately were left out for several mid-major schools instead; La Salle, Boise State, Saint Mary’s and Middle Tennessee State.  Kentucky will miss the tournament for just the second time in 22 years. The last NIT appearance for Big Blue was in 2009, with Billy Gillispie as head coach – as Cats fans like to call “the dark years.”  An NCAA Tournament without Kentucky is like a Carly Rae Jepsen concert without “Call Me Maybe.” — Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) March 16, 2013 What happened to the defending National Champions? Why couldn’t a team with the overall No. 1 recruiting class capture one of the 37 at-large bids?  A huge contributing factor was losing star center, Nerlens Noel. After Noel’s season-ending injury, the Cats went 4-3 to finish out regular season play. But the dagger for Kentucky came in losing in the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt.  Not only was UK coming off a clutch victory over Florida, but Bridgestone Arena was overwhelmingly decked in blue, giving the Cats a near home court advantage. What could go wrong? Seemingly everything.  The Commodores had the hot hand and simply couldn’t miss. The Wildcats, on the other hand, struggled offensively with Ryan Harrow only making 2-of-15 shots in 30 minutes of play. UK was blown out by a Vanderbilt team which wasn’t even in NCAA Tournament discussion. The game left Kentucky fans feeling like this:               As soon as the 64-48 score was etched in stone, Kentucky dropped off of most bracketologists’ radars.  Selection Chair says UK “double digit” losses on road kept them out. This after they told me in Indy, victory margin didn’t matter. Strange — Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 17, 2013 So – what’s next for the defending champs? Looks like they will get a No. 1 seed after all – in the NIT Tournament. Wow, that’s a great question. Someone I follow retweeted. If UK wins NIT do they hang the banner? — cory wheeler (@Corywheeler65) March 17, 2013  Obviously Kentucky fans are shocked and coping in different ways: UK to NIT. Fans forced to find consolation in last year’s title, next year’s title & a documentary about how UK is the best program ever. — Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) March 18, 2013  Some are watching a documentary on Kentucky basketball’s tradition:  #BluegrassKingdom makes this year alright. All great empires have a bad era. We had a small setback in a great era. #BBN over everything — Top Gun Hatch (@Dylan_Hatchel) March 18, 2013\  Others are anxiously awaiting football season: Selection Sunday got you down? Let our Spring Practice Primer get you back in good spirits! #StoopsTroops #WeAreUK bleedbluekentucky.com/2013/03/17/spr… — Bleed Blue Kentucky (@BBK_Sports) March 17, 2013  And the true UK basketball fans are ready to cheer on their Wildcats in the NIT: If your a true Kentucky fan, you will cheer on the cats in the NIT. — Laura Dahlenburg (@lauradahlenburg) March 17, 2013 A UK fan can utilize any of these coping methods, but in reality, the result stays the same. Kentucky will take the road to play Robert Morris on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Pittsburgh. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

Report: 7-foot Aussie center to join Kentucky's 2015 class

Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Browns owner: ‘We haven’t given up on Johnny Manziel’

Junior Seau’s daughter will speak at Hall of Fame induction

Golden State Warriors: the rich get richer

NFL, Brady could settle to avoid appeal documents going public

Miguel Herrera apologizes for costly Philly airport fight

Russell Wilson contract $60 million guaranteed? Not so fast

Bernard Pollard backs Tom Brady, disagrees with suspension

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker