We have a big upset in the tournament…NIT to be exact…
Top seeded Kentucky fell Tuesday night to Robert Morris in the first round 59-57. The difference in the game was free throws made in the final seconds by Robert Morris’ Mike McFadden. Kentucky had an opportunity with time left on the clock, as well as a timeout remaining, to win the game. But a missed shot ended the game and thus put a conclusion to the Kentucky basketball season.
The game had not gone very well for Kentucky. They trailed by a point at the half and the Colonials were able to pull ahead, leading by double-digits in the last 10 minutes. Kentucky was able to rally and tie the game a couple of times. Kentucky tied the game the first time in the final minutes, thanks to a flagrant foul by Robert Morris player Lucky Jones. Despite the flagrant, Jones finished as Robert Morris’ leading scorer with 15 points. His teammate Russell Johnson scored 14 in the win.
For Kentucky, Archie Goodwin led the way with 18 points. Goodwin was able to score down the stretch to keep Kentucky in the game. Jarrod Polson scored 10 points for the Wildcats.
The game was played at Robert Morris because Rupp Arena is being used for the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament. But hey, Kentucky did get to wear their home uniforms, so there’s that.
Kentucky ends their season with a 21-12 record. It’s a contrast to last season when Kentucky went all the way through the competition and won a National Title. If there’s a plus side, the team can chill out at home and just watch some basketball. They might even catch a game at Rupp and watch…ohh….
I don’t know if anyone filled out a NIT bracket or not. If you did, please consider a hobby of stamp collecting or collecting Elvis commemorative plates.