LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- It's the worst nightmare for Big Blue Nation. Kentucky isn't in the NCAA tournament and rival Louisville not only is the favorite to win the whole thing, it gets to start on the Wildcats' home court.
Rupp Arena has never seen so much red.
Louisville is the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, while the best Kentucky could do was top seed in the NIT, an award that goes to the team considered the 69th best in the nation.
No one saw this coming before the season began.
The Cardinals and the Wildcats were ranked 2-3 in the preseason poll and fans expected a season-long battle for supremacy. While Louisville (29-5) has held up its end, the Wildcats (21-11) didn't live up to expectations.