Is Kentucky an NCAA tournament team? 

March, 13, 2013
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Ryan Harrow Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty ImagesKentucky will need strong play from Ryan Harrow to get in -- and win in -- the NCAA tournament.
The defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats took a huge step toward getting their ticket punched for the NCAA tournament with a win over Florida last weekend. The win gave the Wildcats something they were missing -- a top-5 BPI win. While the selection committee will evaluate Kentucky without Nerlens Noel, the reality is that two of the team's most significant wins -- against Florida and Missouri -- have taken place after Noel's injury.

It's by no means a sure thing that this win over the Gators will earn the Wildcats a spot in the at-large field, but there's a case to be made that this team deserves an NCAA tournament bid regardless of how the Wildcats finish in the SEC tournament. (You can see the semifinals and final Saturday and Sunday on ABC).

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