1948 1949 1951 1958 1978 1996 and 1998 were all good years to be a Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fan. 2009… not so much.
For the first time since 1979, the year in which I was born, the Wildcats will play in the 72nd National Invitation Tournament. Kentucky has only been passed by the NCAA Tournament one other time in 1991 when they were on probation.
Sad but the Wildcats 20-13 season put them as a number 4 seed in the NIT. No offense to the NIT but it is embarrassing. Other than little league T-Ball we really don’t have tournaments for losers.
Things are so bad that UK will not even be playing on the men’s court at Rupp but will have to play at Memorial Coliseum, AKA the women’s court. Why? Because there is a Kentucky State Boy’s Tournament scheduled at Rupp. Everyone figured UK would make it to the NCAA tourney. They all figured wrong.
Sure, you can buy tickets to the “big” game for a mere $33 but why would you?
This is not the year to be a UK fan but it will come back around, we just have to wait.