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BOZICH BLOG: Is UK In NCAA Field? Or Out? Or In?

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John Calipari is still trying to navigate this Kentucky team into one of the final spots in the NCAA Tournament. John Calipari is still trying to navigate this Kentucky team into one of the final spots in the NCAA Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Is Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament?

Before I answer your question, let me ask you a question:

Do you want them to be?

If you do, you can certainly find forecasts that have John Calipari's team part of the 68-team field. If you're not as concerned by Kentucky's fate, I can also find forecasts that do not include the Wildcats.

That's where Kentucky sits today. In one dribble. Out the next.

The Wildcats did not play Sunday, but they still had a good day.

How? Why?

Villanova lost. Virginia lost.

Nothing against teams that begin with "V," but the Wildcats and Cavaliers are two other teams that are squeezed into the scrum with Kentucky for the final at-large spots.

The topic of Kentucky's place in the field came up during the CBS studio discussion during the Michigan State-Michigan game Sunday. Greg Gumbel asked Doug Gottlieb if UK was in the field.

Gottlieb said that Kentucky needed to defeat Georgia and Florida this week. Then he immediately amended it to say that UK simply needed to defeat Florida on Saturday in Rupp Arena.

I'll amend it further. If they beat Florida, they're in. If they lose to Georgia and to Florida, they're in big trouble. If they beat Georgia and lose to Florida, we'll be talking about this for the next 13 days, all the way until the announcement on Selection Sunday March 17.

Unless Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein settle it early by winning the SEC Tournament in Nashville.

But back to my original question:

Is Kentucky in?

Yes. Barely.

I think.

But it's far from a consensus opinion.

Bracket guru Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com currently does not have UK in the field. In fact, Lunardi has UK third in the group of First Four Out – behind Baylor and Alabama, two teams that defeated UK this season. Those aren't two teams Kentucky wants to be trailing in the discussion.

Lunardi, for the record, correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams to make the field last season.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has UK in the field in the updated bracket he posted Monday morning. The Wildcats would be a Number 12 seed. But get this: Kentucky's opponent in the first round would be Massachusetts.

That's the school where John Calipari got his start as head coach -- and the program currently led by his former assistant Derek Kellogg.

Looking to become more confused? Visit The Bracket Project 2013, a site that compiles the projections from dozens of analysts.

As of Sunday night, Kentucky was battling for one of the final spots with Temple, Villanova and Boise State.

Crashing The Dance, another site that charts the bracket, has UK holding the 37th and final at-large spot.

So stay tuned. The debate is only getting warmed up.

In one dribble, out the next.

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