Kentucky Wildcats seek motivation as they open NIT play

Julius Mays - photo by Tammie Brown |
Julius Mays – photo by Tammie Brown |

 had braced himself for bad news.  The senior had every reason to believe that the Kentucky Wildcats would be left out of the Tournament, and so as he settled in to watch Sunday’s Selection Show, he was prepared not to hear the Wildcats’ name called.

“I kind of prepared myself for the worst just so it wouldn’t hurt as bad,” said Mays, whose team did in fact miss out on an invite. “But it’s still a deep wound and it’s going to haunt me for a while.”

The healing process, such as it is, begins Tuesday night with an first-round game at in Moon Township, Pa. It’s a small consolation for the Wildcats (21-11), but a postseason test nonetheless.

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