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UK's NCAA hopes end after being bounced from SEC tourney

The 74-73 loss against Miss. St. assured the Wildcats will miss the Big Dance for the first time since 2013 and just the second in John Calipari’s 12-year tenure.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky’s season ended with a missed last-second shot in the SEC Tournament. But things began spiraling downward for the Wildcats long before a disappointing 74-73 setback against Mississippi State that sealed their fate: No NCAA Tournament this year. 

It assured the Wildcats will miss the Big Dance for the first time since 2013 and just the second in John Calipari’s 12-year tenure.

With Duke withdrawing from the ACC Tournament to a positive COVID test, it will be the first time since 1976 that both the Blue Devils and Kentucky will not be in the NCAAs. 

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