After an up-and-down season complete with wins over highly-ranked teams and losses even mothers would cringe at, Kentucky’s baseball team was not included in the field of 64 that was released today.
There had been rumblings that despite two painful losses to lowly Georgia in the last series of the season, the Cats’ RPI of 33 could be enough to see them into the field. Instead, they were one of the last teams left out, passed over for teams with better total bodies of work. The eight teams that made the SEC tournament are the conference’s representatives in the NCAAs, which would lead one to believe that with a win in the series over Georgia and subsequent inclusion in the conference tourney, Kentucky likely would have gotten in. Even with the tough losses to the Dawgs, several outlets, inlcuding Rivals and ESPN, still had the Cats projected in the field as late as this morning.
The spokesman for the selection committee, Tim Weiser, addressed Kentucky’s plight this afternoon after the selections were announced:
“There are a number of teams that I think could make some good arguments,” Weiser said. “Certainly Kentucky is one. I think that one was discussed late last night and again early this morning, and the majority of our committee felt strongly about other teams that have maybe either a better body of work or are trending upward.”
“Anytime you do that you’re going to have the potential for somebody to feel like they got left out or they weren’t given full consideration,” Weiser said. “Clearly our group spent a lot of time thinking about Kentucky and the other teams.”
Surely the sting of knowing they were still so close is tough to take, but alas it’s back to the drawing board for the Cats after this season of what might have been.