The Kentucky baseball team, winners of 43 games in the nation’s toughest conference, have been snubbed of hosting one of the NCAA regional tournament sites. The Cats, 43-16, were just one win away in the regular season of earning a #1 seed in the conference and lost only once in the semifinals of a strange SEC tournament format (double-elimination until semis when it turns into single-elimination).
They’ve spent most of the 2nd half of the season ranked in the top 10 in the country, and to see the absurdity of the ruling, here are last week’s polls with each host school highlighted (h/t Stu Hammer):
Kentucky won 3 more games than SEC foe South Carolina and even swept the Gamecocks earlier this season. But to be fair, UK didn’t play a challenging non-conference schedule. Still, they’ve undoubtedly proved to be one of the top 16 teams in the country by their play in the SEC and were just one win away from an SEC regular season title and one win away from reaching the tournament championship. The most bizarre school selected over Kentucky would by Miami, who finished 6 games back in the ACC standings compared to Kentucky finishing only 1 game behind LSU. The NCAA baseball selection chairman was just interviewed on ESPN2 and was quick to note that any school (would not specifically mention Kentucky) could technically be a #1 seed but play on the road. Why on earth would a #1 seed not host? The answer is pretty clear: money.
Baseball is just not that big of a thing at UK. At South Carolina and Miami it certainly is, and much more revenue would be made at either one of those sites.
Here are some of the reactions from the Bat Cats and Coach Henderson via Twitter:
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersPG) May 27, 2012
We are going to have a chip on our shoulders! No respect — Thomas Bernal (@tberny46) May 27, 2012
This is unreal! I am in shock right now like don’t even know how to respond to that
— Brian K. Adams Jr (@Badamsjr) May 27, 2012
That’s why we’re called road warriors! Feel bad people in Lex cant come out and watch us play at Cliff one more time!
— Thomas McCarthy (@Thomasmac10) May 27, 2012
What a joke. Once again proving the NCAA is a bunch of clowns. — Matt Reida (@matt_reida) May 27, 2012
You just pissed off the wrong people
— Corey Littrell(@clittrell21) May 27, 2012
We will find out tomorrow where the Cats will be heading. Follow me on Twitter @wilmhoffKSR
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