Kentucky did not receive an invitation to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. It is the first time the Cats have not been invited to the tournament under Coach John Calipari. The last time the Cats missed the tourney was four years ago in the 2008-09 season, under former Coach Billy Gillispie. That team finished 19-12 overall, 8-8 in the SEC. This year's Cats finished 21-11 and 12-6 in the SEC.
The Cats, a No. 1 seed in the NIT, will play No. 8 seed Robert Morris (23-10, 14-4 in the Northeast) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pittsburgh in the Colonials' home gym. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Louisville received the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years. The Cards were the top overall seed in the 2009 tournament. That team reached the Elite Eight, where it was eliminated by Michigan State.
Louisville (29-5) is the top seed in the Midwest Region and will play its first game Thursday in Rupp Arena. The Cards will face the winner of North Carolina A&T/Liberty play-in game. If the Cardinals win their first two games it will play the next round in Indianapolis.
Other games Thursday in Rupp Arena will be No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 9 Missouri, No. 3 seed Marquette vs. No. 14 Davidson and No. 6 Butler vs. No. 11 Bucknell.