Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports compiled a list of the 5 best teams left out of this year’s NCAA tournament. With the power conferences taking the backseat this year, a lot of big names made the list. Eisenberg’s list of 5 included:
4. Southern Miss
2. Kentucky (21-11, 12-6, RPI: 57): For the third time in six years, the defending national champion will not be part of the NCAA tournament. Kentucky joins 2008 Florida and 2010 North Carolina in ignominy as a result of a disappointing season that started with the Wildcats in the top five of most polls and will end with them deciding whether to accept an NIT invitation. Kentucky did boast quality wins over Florida, Missouri and Ole Miss, but that wasn’t enough to make up for its flaws. The Wildcats beat nobody of consequence in non-league play and they lost too many games to middling competition Three losses against non-NCAA tournament teams in their last four games typified that problem, the most egregious a 64-48 SEC tournament meltdown against Vanderbilt.