As we move forward on this NCAA Selection Sunday that has virtually no importance to the Cats, we are faced with the reality that is an NIT game being played in Lexington on Tuesday. Besides giving us all a chance to see what a game would be like in Memorial Coliseum, which I think could turn out to be a very cool, although bittersweet thing, there could potentially be a few interesting matchups for this Kentucky team.
As Matt mentioned before, the powers that be are reportedly trying to work a UK-Davidson matchup in the first round of the bracket, which would give the nation a chance the head-to-head matchup of two players (Jodie Meeks and Stephen Curry) who were in the conversation for National Player of the Year at one point. If there’s any excitment to be stirred up for an NIT game, welcoming Curry and his hot mom parents to Lexington would certainly do it. In addition to that potential matchup, the website NIT-ology offers up a couple of other potentially good games.
As of now, they have UK has a four seed (along with Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Kansas State) with the possibility of playing the five seeds that include UAB and Georgetown. The showdown with Georgetown would be another very good TV matchup for the tournament with two storied programs playing in a historical arena. Oh yeah, both coaches are under a little bit of fire right now. Although not as sexy nationally, the UAB game would appeal to Cats fans because of the Mike Davis factor, as well as the last two heartbreakers that UK has dropped to the Blazers.
If the Cats advance, they could see another SEC team, revenge for the Crispin brothers or a rematch of the 1997 title game. It’s certainly not the NCAA tourney, but the NIT could still offer a few good games.
Here is the updated list of NIT seeds as of yesterday:
1: Penn State, Arizona, Auburn, Florida
2: South Carolina, Virginia Tech, UNLV, St. Mary’s
3: New Mexico, Miami, Providence, Baylor
4: UK, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Kansas State
5: UAB, Georgetown, Illinois State, George Mason
6: Davidson, Niagra, Tulsa, Northwestern
7: Nebraska, Rhode Island, Cincinnati, Duquesne
8: Weber State, UT-Martin, Jacksonville, Bowling Green
I still wish we were in the NCAA, though.