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When Was the Last Time Kentucky Missed the NCAA Tournament?

By David Hayes
Kentucky Wildcats NCAA Tournament history, including the last time Kentucky missed the March Madness Tournament.
Kentucky Wildcats NCAA Tournament history, including the last time Kentucky missed the March Madness Tournament. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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The Kentucky Wildcats are sitting in a rather unfamiliar position this March, as head coach John Calipari's 2021 squad has an unorthodox 9-15 record heading into the SEC Tournament as the No. 8 seed.

That being said, the Wildcats also have quite the mountain ahead of them as far as making this year's 2021 NCAA March Madness Tournament. In fact, they're all but certainly eliminated without a magical run to win the automatic bid with an SEC Tournament victory.

When Was the Last Time Kentucky Missed the NCAA Tournament?

Kentucky hasn't missed the NCAA March Madness Tournament since the 2008-09 season, when then-head coach Billy Gillispie's Wildcats finished with an 8-8 SEC record and a 22-14 overall record. Despite missing the Big Dance that year, Kentucky did make it to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

For a program as historically successful in so many aspects of college basketball as Kentucky, missing the tournament has become a pure rarity. However, as we've seen this season, it's still not an impossibility.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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