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Kentucky Listed as “In the Mix” For Tourney Spot


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It’s March, so that means that if you were tired of bracketologies, bubbleologies, and any other sort of basketball-themed slapdash science, you probably should avoid, um, the internet.

The rest of us, though, can’t get enough.  Especially in a year when the Cats don’t look their best, the bubble-watch has become as natural as eating, breathing, and hating Tennesseee.  It’s with that in mind that we look to Andy Glockner’s most recent prognostication for the Wildcats, which puts them solidly “in the mix” for a tourney bid.  Way to commit, Andy.

(20-9, 11-5; RPI: 51, SOS: 59)
The Cats handled Mississippi State easily at home but then were felled at Arkansas in a “show me” game for the committee. Now a trip to Georgia looms as really important ahead of a home date with Florida to wrap things up. Kentucky has to show the committee it can do more than beat bad teams (or win in OT) at home with this Noel-less lineup. Any road win would be a big one at this point.
GW: Missouri, Maryland (N)?, at Ole Miss
BL: at Tennessee

It hurts, but he’s right; the Arkansas game was a chance to show the selection committee that this team actually had turned a corner, and were a different, but still capable team without Nerlens.  Instead, they showed that sometimes they panic, and don’t always handle road environments very well.  In fact, with only four true road wins all season, it’s a safe bet to say they handle away games fairly poorly.

With Florida as the only “lock” and Missouri the only “should be in,” Kentucky is competing with several other SEC teams for at-large bids.  Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Alabama all have respectable records, and it’ll be interesting to watch the last couple games, and the SEC tournament.  Hopefully Missouri can beat the Vols, and if we can somehow get Ole Miss and Alabama to both lose when they play each other, that’d be great.

Enjoy the bubble-watch this year, and especially the SEC tournament, because it might be the last year for a while where they actually matter.  Remember last year, when we locked up a one seed in February, and had to go to the SEC tourney knowing that it was basically irrelevant?  Yeah, me too. That was awesome.  But this year at least there’s something on the line, and it should at least make things more interesting.

P.S. I saw that Indiana cut down some nets last night after losing to Ohio State.  Next up is a campus-wide party for Cody Zeller’s Quinceanera. Should be wild.

Article written by Corey Nichols

24 Comments for Kentucky Listed as “In the Mix” For Tourney Spot

  1. Bob Sugar
    9:07 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Since when did beating a team in overtime matter? At this point the media are on a mission to downgrade any accomplishment UK has had this year in an attempt to get BBN to panic. If anyone thought we even had a 50-50 chance to win at Arkansas you haven’t observed this team enough. Relax everyone relax.. If we beat Georgia we are 100% in the tournament.

  2. RICK
    9:18 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    ARK. DOESNT LOSE AT HOME, so it wasnt that big a deal, sure if we had won it would have been big but losing wasnt that big of deal. #1 your right, beat georgia and we are in.

  3. Blue Jesus
    9:21 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    At least we’re not Indiana

  4. we should be dancing yeah
    9:21 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    1-agree…if we beat georgia…we lock down 2 or 3 seed in regular season…committee has to put at least 3 if not 4 teams from sec in tourney…plus we have beat missouri, tenn (once) and ole miss…plus just like last night all other bubble teams are losing…relax beat ga and we should be dancing yeah (who sung this great 70’s tune)?

  5. bung
    9:25 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    these cats won’t run…

  6. ajh
    9:29 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    1 i disagree. We would still be on the outside looking in with JUST that win. If we JUST win that game, we’re gonna need some bubble teams above us on the s-curve to lose down the stretch. Mainly Tennessee.

  7. ajh
    9:30 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    If we beat Georgia, i bet it will come down to who makes it further in the SEC tourney for one of the last spots (between UT and UK)

  8. Bob
    9:33 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    #4 What makes you think that? Look at the other bubble teams above us. They all have better wins than the one’s you mentioned. Stop being biased. If for some reason we do get in as is, it’s just because we are Kentucky. NOT our resume.

  9. we should be dancing yeah
    9:47 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    8)here is one example, temple ahead of us according to lunardi…losses to canisuis (seriously), st bon, st joe and dusquense…9-5 in A-10, loss to duke by 27 on neutral court, we lost by 7 on neutral court…seriously ahead of us

  10. ajh
    9:54 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    If you have paid attention to what any of the legit analyst say and by previous tourney’s, legit wins outweigh bad losses heavily.

  11. ajh
    9:57 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    #9 and whether you like it or not, the committee uses RPI maybe more than anything else and Temple is 10 spots ahead of us in that. I wish they were thinking how you are, but they’re not. Our resume is even more pathetic than theirs.

  12. Corby
    10:21 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I know the RPI/computer rankings heavily influence who makes the tournament, but I can’t believe they don’t the conference rankings into consideration. UK’s schedule in the conference has to be one of the most difficult in the league this year, playing Florida (Twice), Tennessee (Twice), Missouri, @ Alabama, @ Arkansas and @ Missippi. UK had to play all six SEC teams on the Bubble, five of those on the road, and three without a return trip to Rupp. Plus as of today Kentucky is in second place in the league by themselves. How can that not be given more weight? These teams play each other, there is no hypothetical, opinion, cumputer nonsense.

  13. B-man
    10:25 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Several good points here….(1) The loss AT Arkansas should have been expected. The Hawgs are argueably one of the best teams in the country when playing at home. (2) All of the “UK MUST win XX games to get in” statements would be true IF all other bubble teams win all of their remaining games. That’s not gonna happen. Heck, nearly all of the results from last night’s games were favorable for the Cats. (3) “Ajh” is correct in that other teams have 1 or 2 more impressive wins; however, I think most of those teams have shown they can easily stumble to really bad teams (and most likely will again at some point during their last few games). Villanova is a great example…it’s like they can only win against good teams, but lose to horrible teams.

  14. James
    10:28 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s shaping up to be a hilarious situation in Lexington.

    Louisvlle playing in Rupp Arena in the NCAA Tournament, while down the road Kentucky plays in Memorial Coliseum in the NIT.


  15. Corby
    10:32 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    14. 1986? Classic

  16. ajh
    10:34 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bottomline over everything else, wouldn’t you all agree that UT deserves to be in the tourney over UK as of right now? I have a pretty strong feeling that they’re only going to put 3 SEC teams in the tourney this year. And yes, yes, i know this is all hypothetical, but i bet I’m right in the end. Haha

  17. mike
    10:38 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    14-CLASSIC is Rupp Arena and just think it was only eight years old last time UofL won a National Championship.

  18. Corby
    10:42 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    16. UK’s RPI and BPI is higher than Tennessee as of today, UK has a beter overall record and a better conference record, plus they split in the regular season. I don’t think Tennessee should be in before UK. Granted I’m a UK fan.

  19. ajh
    10:53 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    UT is 2-3 against RPI top 50 and 8-9 against RPI top 100. UK is 1-4 vs top 50 and 6-9 vs top 100. And UT thumped UK by 30. If it comes down to these 2 im worried. Thats why im saying, we MUST go further in the SEC tourney than them.

  20. ajh
    10:54 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    And the committe doesn’t use BPI. Thats a statistical formula that ESPN came up with for basically shits and giggles. I do like it more than RPI though.

  21. STEVE!
    11:17 am March 6, 2013 Permalink

    UT could have 13 losses on Selection Sunday. I don’t think a 13-loss SEC team gets in this year.

  22. RICK
    1:15 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    No way Tenn. gets in unless they win the sec toun. I dont get how any of you can even have them having a chance.

  23. 8>2
    1:18 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    14 while your dirty birds are playing in Rupp, they can look up at our banners and try to imagine what it’s like to actually win one…you know, since NONE of the players on UofL’s team were born the last time UofL won one. Also, I hope the birds do play in Rupp…I bought tickets and I’d love to make some money off a tard.

  24. ajh
    1:37 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Rick, you my friend, are clueless.