Posted: Mar 17, 2013 6:47 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2013 9:35 PM
The Kentucky Wildcats earned a no. 1 seed in the NIT -- Virginia, Alabama and Southern Miss are the other no. 1 seeds.
Kentucky will play at no. 8 Robert Morris on Tuesday at 7:30 pm (ESPN).
According to a press release from Kentucky Athletics:
"We did not place a bid to host the first round of the NIT due to limited staff availability to properly host a game at Memorial Coliseum. Because the University of Kentucky is hosting the NCAA second- and third-round games at Rupp Arena on March 21 and 23, the facility was not available for a first-round NIT game. We placed a bid to host both the second round and quarterfinal games at Rupp Arena if we advance."
Kentucky last played in the NIT in 2009 (22-14, 8-8 SEC). Billy Gillispie took the Cats to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Notre Dame, 77-67.
John Calipari has since taken the Cats to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga earn No. 1 seeds for NCAA men's basketball tournament.