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Will the Cats play postseason basketball?

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Time is running out.

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Usually by mid-February, chatter around the Commonwealth takes off about NCAA Tournament seeding and how fans expect their beloved Kentucky Wildcats to perform during March Madness.

Like everything else on earth right now — this isn’t a normal year.

Any sane person has fully accepted the reality that the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team is not getting an at-large bid to the Big Dance in 2021.

Period. It’s just not happening.

So at this point, John Calipari’s only path to post season play is winning the SEC Tournament in Nashville, or potentially accepting an NIT bid should one be offered.

Just a few weeks ago the idea of UK winning the SEC tournament was laughable.

Even now, after two wins in a row it remains difficult for most people to drink the blue Kool-Aid and get genuinely on board with the Cats cutting down the nets inside Bridgestone Arena next month.

I’m not sure if they would actually cut down the nets for a conference tournament title, but this is my way of saying that they absolutely should if they can find a way to win 3-5 straight games in Nashville and secure an NCAA bid.

What about the NIT? Is a current 7-13 Kentucky team even going to be invited?

Their resume isn’t very strong, but the name across the jersey is. So maybe that alone would be enough to warrant an NIT invitation.

For perspective, in UK’s 2013 NIT season they had a record of 21-11 after losing to Vandy in the quarters of the SEC tournament.

It’s been an odd year with an abnormal schedule.

But clearly the Cats will be no where near that kind of record here in a few weeks regardless of what happens in their final four regular season games of the season.

Then there’s the last option and the one I personally deem as most likely.

Kentucky will not play any post season basketball beyond the SEC tournament.

I’ve spoken my peace.

What do you think happens?

Poll

Will Kentucky play in the postseason?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Yes, in the NCAA Tournament.
    (223 votes)
  • 18%
    ...NIT
    (169 votes)
  • 56%
    Nothing
    (505 votes)
897 votes total Vote Now

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