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NCAA chair Mike Bobinksi had a tournament Q&A yesterday. He was asked about Kentucky without Nerlens Noel:
QUESTION: Kentucky, as we all know, has a different team moving forward. How much value will the committee place on what they’ve already accomplished versus what they will accomplish with the team that will actually take the court in March?
Mike Bobinski: "I don’t know that it’s possible for me to give a clear breakdown or any objective way to quantify that. And we ought to see, as with any injury that’s significant to any player around the country, obviously, it’s truly a shame that what’s happened to Nerlens Noel, and I’m sorry to see that for him personally and for the Kentucky team.
"The reality is we have about four and a half weeks of basketball left to be able to watch Kentucky play and to see how they perform without him in the lineup now, and that will really tell the story, I think, of how we ultimately judge and view Kentucky. It’s way too early to consider them in, out, or in between.
"We don’t do that with anybody at this point in time. But we’ll clearly be watching them closely to see how they’re able to play without a young man that’s clearly been an important part of their success to this point."
A very appropriate and politically correct answer, I think. At the end of the day, as a committee member, you are pulling for UK. You want UK to be in the tourney. You want the money, the fans, the publicity, and everything that goes with it.
Plus the 'human interest' story of how a team might be able to pull together and make a run after losing its star player.
think now UK is the ultimate underdog if they make it into the tourney field and like another poster said what a human interest story if they make past the 1st game. Not too many times in the past has KY been the underdog going in but it could be a positive for this team going forward. Ky has what the tourney committee wants, fans,history and the best brand name in college ball. They want to include UK but this team will have to give them some reason to do so.
This post was edited by sleepydog 14 months ago
4-3 last seven in the regular season and 1-1 in the SEC tourney, 22-11 overall gets us in.
This post was edited by goldenbearcatz 14 months ago
When has a tournament game not ben sold out - other than the prelim games?
A simple question: is your butt jealous of the amount crap coming from your mouth?
Apparently, the mock selection committee thing they do every year just voted UK out of the NCAA Tournament and into the NIT based on current resumé.
Bracketology has UK a 10 seed. Down 1 from the previous.
Guess that means that a 25th ranked team, second in their conference is not a tourney team. Yikes, the SEC will only get 1 team this year?
25th prior to Florida.
Just be realistic. What team - outside autoqualifiers and Ole Miss - has Uk beaten that will definitely be in the tournament? Maybe Maryland
There's no way losing to Fl like that should knock us from top 25 to NIT, especialy when our best player got knocked out of the game. I'm very doubtful we would have come back and won if Nerlins doesn't get hurt, but we were still very well in that game. We'd just gone on a little run to cut the lead, and looked like we were about to pull closer. If they are projecting us to the NIT, that means they are taking into acount how they expect us to do w/out Nerlins, despite what they say.
Okay, then take out the part about the top 25. We are second in the league.... and they expect this to be a four team league. So they are taking the 1,3,4, and 5 teams in the standing?
It's a joke how dependent the selection committee is on the RPI. Basically a win anywhere over Belmont or Wichita State would have meant more than our win at Ole Miss.
That's just dumb.
Well, we still play Missourri once (maybe twice) and Florida once more (maybe twice). In all likelihood we will play 3 of those. So there are still chances to get that signature win.
This post was edited by MossCat15 14 months ago
If we make it it's as one of the last 4 in.
Not really. I wouldn't doubt that Belmont and Wichita St. aren't just as good if not better than Ole Miss. These are the teams that every year make a run in the tourney. While teams like Ole Miss flop.
I disagree. Wichita and Belmont are typical 3 chucking mid majors. Ole Miss has legit high major talent and athleticism.
I agree that the RPI is dumb. I don't however agree that Ole Miss is much better than solid mid major ball clubs like Belmont and Wichita St. Ole Miss has lost 4/5 watch out for a collapse from them down the home stretch. Luckily they have about as easy of a schedule as you could find. They'll be one and done in the NCAA tourney. But yeah they've got legit high major talent and athleticism.
I just think that in that mock bracket there were several teams in that Kentucky is pretty clearly better than and probably even have a better overall resume. One quality win shouldn't negate several really bad losses.
It might not even be the RPI that's flawed. It might just be the way the selection committee uses it.
Florida two years ago somehow got a higher seed than is and the explanation was that they had a better record against top 50 competition. The selection committee seems to count a top 50 win as a quality win.
So even though Kentucky had 2 head to head wins against Florida and more wins towards the top half of the RPI top 50 apparently that didn't matter because the committee doesn't differentiate between top 50 wins. So a win at #1 us just as good as a win at #50 in their eyes.
Also the SEC needs to move the tournament up a day. Ending late sunday puts all the SEC teams at a disadvantage because that team that ultimately wins it doesn't get credit for that last quality win when every other conference does. Plus whoever plays in the final has less rest.
I'm sure Nerlens being lost for the season has something to do with it. Luckily UK still has 7+ games left to prove themselves worthy of a tourney bid without Noel. I'm not real confident they'll be able to do it but they've got a chance.
I have to say, I just disagree with whatever mock selection process this is referring to.... it's wrong lol. Joe lunardi has Kentucky in safely right now, and that is obvious. If we collapse late, yes, we are nit bound. But, if this is supposed to be as of today, it has no credibility in my mind.
If the tourney were today we would get docked for not having Noel in our lineup. Believe that. We wouldn't be whatever seed our resume would have us at. Not having Noel would screw us. Right or wrong its the way it is.
This post was edited by tWhit 14 months ago
I don't believe that. Maybe if we lose today, but that mock selection was as of "now", and we have not played a game without Noel, so as of yet, there is nothing to go on. We are 17-7 with Noel, 71% win pct. If we finish 5-2, that's a higher pct, and they can't judge us today without Noel, not until we at least play a couple games. Going 5-2 would be winning all the games we will be slight favorites in, with maybe the exception of Arkansas on the road. Losing to mizzou and Florida at home, of which we could steal one.
As of now we don't have Noel.
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