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Mar 17, 2013 6:47 PM

Kentucky is No. 1 Seed in NIT

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.

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