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NCAA Chair Mike Bobinski talks Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee State

NCAA Selection Chair Mike Bobinski spoke to Seth Davis in the moments following the bracket reveal. Bobinski touched on a number of topics, ranging from seeding to bubble teams. According to Bobinski, Ole Miss “would have been in regardless of today’s result.” Apparently Ole Miss’ win over Missouri already solidified the Rebels’ spot.

When asked about Middle Tennessee State (Davis pointed out that MTSU had 1 top-100 win), Bobinski defended the choice with the following reasoning:

– Veteran team

– Ability to win on the road

– 28 wins, “no rough patches”

– Win over Ole Miss

– In the end, he cited MTSU’s ability to win on the road (13-5)


If the “veteran team” argument doesn’t get under your skin, I don’t know what will…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

60 Comments for NCAA Chair Mike Bobinski talks Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee State

  1. OKCRon
    7:05 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Guess the Cats need to go on the road and stack up three or four road wins- maybe Middle Tennessee State will be willing to include us in their sked for next year at their place!

  2. yo
    7:07 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    MTSU lost to Florida, Akron, Belmont, and Arkansas State on the road. Not saying UK should have been in instead but MTSU does not deserve it

  3. Oddthomas
    7:08 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Explain to me why it matters who is on ur effin team. They have veterans should have absolutely nothing to do with it. Its like it has turned into a popularity contest. Why would they even judge us without nerlens. Shouldnt it be the overall win/loss record and who they beat? This is a friekin joke.

  4. HillbillyCat
    7:12 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Hearing Cal is gathering up the team to watch the NIT selection show.

  5. Downtown
    7:13 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    We beat Vandy we’re in. We beat Tenn. We win. We actually win some of the bad losses we had this year and we’re in.

  6. Ridge Runner
    7:13 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    A day that officially slams the door. Feels like crap with a stamp on it.

    I did see ESPN’s Joe Lunardi went 68 for 68, correctly calling all 1 and 2 seeds and the last 4 in.

  7. Reality
    7:13 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    You have five high school all-americans, plus Stein. There are three or four potential NBA players. Yet, Cal could not get to the big dance. Further proof that he is a carnival barker without Wes buying him enough players.

  8. blame us
    7:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    We had chances against Georgia, Arkansas, and against vandy. we did it to ourselves

  9. Lil c
    7:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink


  10. BleediNblue
    7:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I should have drank more during St Patty’s Day !!! Selection committee Sunday sucks

  11. stevem
    7:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    the only thing that is a joke is this year’s UK team. All this piss’ and moanin’ is ridiculous.

  12. Lil c
    7:15 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    11….. EXACTLY!!!!!!!

  13. SexnNursinHomes
    7:15 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    NCAA Chair Mike Slobinski also was overheard saying.

    “Well, f***k UK and f**k Coach Cal too”

    Middle Tennessee and Lasalle? Seriously? Yep. Statement by the NCAA against the one and done.

  14. Ridge Runner
    7:15 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, easy to locate statements and decisions to get aggravated on. So many hate us and coach. But bottom-line….we sucked this year. I hate to admit it but we can only blame ourselves.

  15. ThatsAShame
    7:15 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I had forgotten what mediocre feels like. Thank you Cal for the past 4 years. I look forward to forgetting how mediocre feels next year.
    Go Cats!

  16. JPhelps
    7:16 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    No, what gets under my skin is that Doug Gottlieb is in a bathroom stall wanking to the fact the committee stuck it to Cal this year.

  17. Mark Liptak
    7:17 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    They got EXACTLY what they deserved. No one to blame but themselves. What the committee did or didn’t do is meaningless. The players had the power to make it in without trouble but they couldn’t or wouldn’t.

    They’ve got a lot to think about this off season (I don’t count the NIT as meaningful games). Some of these guys will be back next year because they aren’t going to the NBA that’s for damn sure.

    Maybe they can actually reflect on things like teamwork, listening to the coaching staff and getting physically and MENTALLY stronger.

    We’ll see. Probably the most disappointing bunch in the last 30-40 years of UK basketball, they’ve got to live with that stigma now, they earned that too. Maybe it will make them better in the long run. Hope so.

    Mark Liptak

  18. JBR
    7:17 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    You deleted my post for saying that we did not deserve a bid and mentioning how Matt Jones deals with it (by avoiding it)…wow KSR, you guys are getting pathetic.

  19. VickieD
    7:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Insult to injury: dirty bird fans invading thIs weekend. Time to get out of dodge.

  20. Ridge Runner
    7:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    We have to not be on the line (bubble) for any year. If this occurs, NCAA will not select us for a host of reasons but we all know why really. We have to always leave no room for this. It’s unfair but we are Kentucky and with that comes hate. It’s who we are.

  21. Ky
    7:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I wana see the SEC do some damage in the tourney to shut that Doug Gottlieb up…lets go Henderson use that loud mouth to shut the other conferences up

  22. What
    7:19 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Cal you got some splaining to do

  23. Heart ache
    7:19 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I really like my team???????? Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bye cal

  24. Just Saying
    7:19 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky should have been in over MTSU and Boise St

  25. Ky
    7:20 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    22 i also wana see what Cal has to say

  26. What
    7:21 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    25 lets hope tough questions are asked by he media

  27. PA Cat
    7:21 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    To have to hear about this team stumbling through the NIT is cruel and inhumane punishment!

  28. JP
    7:22 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I know most of the posts criticizing Cal are trolls, but really, how is this on the coaching staff? They had no idea Alex Poythress was going to be a bust when they recruited him and no one could have predicted Harrow would melt down like he did based on last year’s practice sessions.

  29. AshleyJuddsPet
    7:22 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Is TruTV still airing the Kentucky Basketball Documentary @8:00 tonight? If so Cal should make these guys watch it, to see what real talent looks like.

  30. What
    7:22 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Cal specifically adresses the road wins and veteran team comments

  31. SexnNursinHomes
    7:24 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    20- no doubt man. You’re a true fan unlike all those hatin’ ass trolls. It’s okay, lett’em get their jibs in. Next year we will be back on top.

  32. 7 is an idiot
    7:24 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    7 no reality is that in the 4 years he has been here he has really good season(elite 8, very good record), then a great season(final 4), then a nc, and yes finally in the 4th season with a completly new and young team that just so happend to be filled with average players finishes with by our opinion an average season at best. Even tho that average season we still went 21-11. Yes i am bitter about not making it after we won last year but i am not blind to reality like you seem to be.

  33. What
    7:24 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    28 I hope you are joking, especially about Harrow, if they didnt know what they had with after 2 years, then there is a rel big problem

  34. Mike
    7:25 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    MTSU, like everyone else, would take out UK.

  35. JBR
    7:26 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    No 30, Cal should have addressed his team and their lack of heart and effort all season. Everybody needs to quit crying about it, we didn’t deserve to be in.

  36. Have you notice
    7:26 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has not had a tweet in the last three days. Unusual!

  37. Richard Simmons
    7:26 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Cal should spend the offseason working off that huge beer belly.

  38. oldschool
    7:27 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Its for the best. Crappy coach, young team, no integrity. Pull for a real team. UK sucks and will always suck as long as Cal is their coach. I have spoken. I am GOD.

  39. Ky
    7:28 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    28 Not blaming Cal at all I just want to see what he has to say about this year and where it truly went wrong and HOW HE better be hoping some of the guys come back so this doesnt happen to us again next year. Because the fans that want this whole team to leave and just start fresh next year are ignorant and year will need depth and leadership and I hope atleast 3 out of the 5 freshman stay to improve and Harrow stay and come off the bench.

  40. Peterman
    7:28 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    It’s okay BBN, we won last year and next year we will be the preseason number 1. With the freshmen class coming in and returning everyone but Nerlens we can make another final four run.

  41. Matt
    7:29 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Face it BBN, you can’t be on top all the time. We played terrible the last 8 games, we played awful the 1st twelve games. In the middle isn’t much. No one did this to us. Coach Cal cant shoot and coach, we must hold the players accountable and stop blaming Coach Cal! And for you morons that post how much you think Coach Cal isn’t that good of a Coach, you know nothing about the game. I’m still bleeding blue! Coach is still the man!

  42. uk guy
    7:30 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    It sucks we are not in the tournament this year. we had a 14 year national championship drought until last year and pretty much our whole championship team left! next year we will have more talent and depth and destroy people! We will have a great shot to win it all next year GO BIG BLUE!!!

  43. JP
    7:30 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    #33 – I’m saying the coaching staff had no clue GOING IN to the season that Harrow was going to suck and be as inconsistent as he had been. He only practiced with last year’s team for one season and apparently took it to Teague on a daily basis. The staff thought he was the answer, and it didn’t take long to realize once the season got started that he wasn’t, but it was too late by then to do anything about it. You can’t coach him into not being a headcase — that’s on Harrow to get over himself.

  44. Ky
    7:31 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    sorry 3 out of 4 freshman

  45. oldschool
    7:33 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    If Jerry Tipton knew how to use the Internet, he would post on KSR under my name.

  46. teetats
    7:34 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Mike, what college team are you a fan of?

  47. Matt
    7:34 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    38, get off here you Louisville Fan!

  48. Sammydog
    7:36 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Clearly the NCAA is trying to reward the 4 year student athlete concept this year with all the small schools getting in over schools in power conferences. Kentucky’s championship last year called that model into question much to their chagrin.

  49. I love lists
    7:38 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    1. Gotta love the fans from other teams enjoying their last chance to dog on the CATS. Must have some crappy, boring lives.
    2. Cal is a great coach. Wouldn’t trade him for anybody in basketball.
    3. Exactly 1 year from now we will have just witnessed one of the most dominant season’s in CBB history and will be about to relive last year’s fun.

  50. What
    7:38 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    43, ok but Cal recruited Harrow (had problems at nc state) and then had him in practice all last year. They must have at least a little idea about what they were getting.

  51. Matt
    7:38 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    These kids were in high school a year ago. Think about it. They were leaving their underwear in the floor of their bathroom and had their high school feeding them the ball 80 times a game. No one on this team, bought into the concept of team!

  52. Johnny
    7:39 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    UK will be undefeated next season!

  53. 3cats
    7:44 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I found it funny that everyone on CBS and ESPN did everything they could not to say Kentucky at all. Kentucky not being in is a story and not one of them want to say it.. maybe we should have been in maybe not we beat Vandy we’re in. It would be fun to see a SEC team take out UL at Rupp! I’ll take any team taking UL out at Rupp. What a dark day for the Cats.

  54. Mike Liptak
    7:47 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Say my name bitches!!!

    Mike Liptak

  55. KD
    7:53 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously folks, A “last four in ” NCAA appearance would not have sweetened this season one bit…unless we went on a tear and won two or three games. I don’t think anyone on this site realistically could expect that to happen.

  56. TBone
    7:56 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    This is ridiculous. We, in no way, “deserved” to get in. Could we have made it… maybe. Deserve to… no. This was a down year in college basketball across the board. We were in control of our own fate all season and we didn’t get it done. Quit crying. Baylor, @Ga., @Tenn., A&M, @Ark. Win 2 of these and we’re in. Beat a miserable Vandy team we’re in. This team did not “deserve” to make it by its own account, not based on the lack of accomplishments of others.

    Message to Cal: Lesson learned this season. Loved the past 3 years and wouldn’t change them for anything, but not making the tourney is never acceptable (regardless of what last season brought).

  57. barn
    8:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    so the dirty filthy disgusting tard birds are playing in rupp. didn’t they play there in the tourney just a few years ago, and…….oh,yeah, i remember now…..

  58. PaducahCat
    9:38 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    @56, I’ll take a season like this if it means we hang a banner every other year. We lost the best player on our team to injury. Willy was out during the period prior to that with surgery. Any team out there who loses their best player to injury would have a tough time making it. Anyone who thinks we should hang Cal for this season is a moron and doesn’t remember the previous 10 years before he arrived.

  59. John
    9:42 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t think we deserved to get in till I see that a team with one top 100 win gets a bid. That is bull. I’m sure UK would have a sparkling road record if they didn’t play anyone ranked in the top 100. That argument by the chair is absurd. What you’re saying is you don’t need to play quality opponents.

  60. From a fan.
    11:22 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    It hurts. I am disappointed. The sun will come up tomorrow, and may not shine as brightly on our old Kentucky homes. But this year was truly the first “all freshman team” we’ve had. And 21-11, 12-6 wasn’t good enough to get in and opened the door for basketball politics at its finest. A new champion will be crowned for this season, and so long as it’s not UCLA or North Carolina then no one else matters. #WeAreUk