The 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship It would be without some college basketball elite schools.
The Blue Devils needed to win or at least win the ACC Championship. The team was riding high after beating Boston College and Louisville, but it didn’t make it far after a positive coronavirus test inside the team forced them out of the post-season period.
Duke finished season 13–11 overall and 9-9 in ACC.
The NCAA Selection Committee decided that the team had not done enough to secure a place in 68th Square. Nor Kentucky or Louisville either.
Kentucky began the season at number 10 in the AP’s Top 25 but finished 9-16 overall and 8-9 in the SEC. It’s the first time the Wildcats have not participated in the tournament since 2013 and the first time the school has finished the season on a losing record since the 1988-89 season.
“Historically, I played my team as if they lost,” Calipari said at the end of the season. “They were going to the electric chair.” Kentucky Sports Radio. “This team didn’t. [At] Times we did. But we might not have been physically able to. But you know what, that’s what I’m going to say. He says something about them so that they can play the way they started that game, and then play the second half the way they played it. They did not withdraw from anything. They didn’t quit once this year. “
Louisville lost to Duke at the ACC Championship, cementing her absence from the NCAA Championship.
Chris Mack’s team finished 13-7 with a record 8-5 in ACC. The Cardinals might have been able to enter had it not been for the surprise conference victories in the Big East and Pac-12.
Mitch Barnhart, chair of the men’s basketball selection committee, said that during the selection it appears that the temporary pauses of COVID-19 at school did not help either.
“Sure, pauses were part of that conversation,” he said across. WDRB-TV. “What we noticed, they were being looked at in depth in the discussions we had. The challenge was that you have two teams that went on great tournament rounds in Georgetown and Oregon … and when they took those locations, some people had to fall. Unfortunately, you have a chance during Year to get your CV where you want it, and at the end of the day if you’re not where you want it, you have a chance to go to the tournament and secure (Auto Qualifiers) .Two teams did it, and while doing so, they took two offers.
Each team also decided to ditch NIT.