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Kentucky vs. Robert Morris: Live Score, Updates & Reaction for NIT First Round

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 15:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats gestures from the sidelines in the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the Quarterfinals of the SEC basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Matt OveringContributor IIIMarch 19, 2013

Kentucky basketball has reached a new low under John Calipari.

Robert Morris, the Northeast Conference regular-season champions, defeated the Wildcats 59 to 57.

The Colonials survived an 11-0 run by the Wildcats late in the second half. Even though Lucky Jones was ejected during the run, Robert Morris showed backbone. Kentucky did not.

Robert Morris might not have made the NCAA tournament, but their win over Kentucky is monumental for the program.

But the story of the night has to be Kentucky. The Wildcats lacked pride, focus and effort in this game. Former walk-on Jarrod Polson tried to keep Kentucky in the game, but his effort was not enough.

Polson and Archie Goodwin were the only two players that can say they fought tough. Other Wildcats simply did not have that hustle.

Kentucky had a chance to win the game at the end. Kyle Wiltjer had an open look at a three on the wing, but his shot rimmed out.

Credit goes to Robert Morris and Andy Toole, who had a game plan and executed it to perfection against Kentucky.

For the Wildcats, next season can't come soon enough.

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