NIT Draw: Calipari Heading Home To Face Robert Morris

03/17/2013 07:56 PM

John Calipari isn’t headed to the NCAA Tournament, but he is headed home. The Cats have been tabbed as the #1 overall seed in the NIT Tournament and will play Robert Morris from Moon Township, Pennsylvania – Calipari’s birthplace. The home team traditionally hosts games in the NIT’s first two rounds, but UK will be forced to Pittsburgh because they’re responsible for staffing the NCAA Tournament in Rupp Arena. There is not adequate personnel to also staff Memorial Coliseum.

The Colonials finished the season at 23-10 and won the Northeastern Conference’s regular season title before falling to Mount St. Mary’s in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

UK and Robert Morris will do battle at 7:30pm Eastern Tuesday night. Be sure to watch KSTV Monday for all of the latest news and a breakdown of UK’s opening round opponent.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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