Most fans figured the Kentucky Wildcats had been done wrong by the NCAA Tournament Committee when the defending national champions were relegated to the lowly NIT.
However, coach John Calipari’s ‘Cats proved the Committee right when they screwed up badly in losing to No. 8-seeded Robert Morris (there are only seeds 1-8 in the NIT, as opposed to 1-16 in the NCAAs), 59-57, in front of barely more than 3,000 Colonials fans in their tiny gym.
As expected, the sports world and Twitterverse absolutely blew up. These are some of the very best fan reactions from one of the biggest surprises to ever happen to the NIT.
Legggooo @mytats_itch with the clutch game winning free throws over Kentucky
— Kyle Smyth (@KyleSmyth_) March 20, 2013
— Tidal Towel (@TidalTowel) March 20, 2013
Woooooowwwwww Kentucky just got beat in the first round of the NIT
— Marc Burch (@Burch1995) March 20, 2013
Kentucky you really suck
— Tmac™ (@stay_mackinn) March 20, 2013
BAHAHAHAH Kentucky. Congrats RMU! PA>KY
— Lyndsey F (@LaughingLynds) March 20, 2013
First NIT win in program history for Robert Morris, and it’s against Kentucky… Wow..
— Josh Conley (@JoshAConley) March 20, 2013
Kentucky Wow! A season to forget #NCAA
— Justin Katt (@Gus_Katt) March 20, 2013
— Walter Jarosz (@Walter_Jarosz) March 20, 2013
DOWN GOES KENTUCKYDOWN GOES KENTUCKY
— Cameron Yackly (@cameronyackly) March 20, 2013
Anyone who called the Kentucky loss I call you a liar #MarchMadness
— Trey Rountree (@TreyRountree13) March 20, 2013
Hahahaha Kentucky #Embarrassing
— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) March 20, 2013
— Ryan McWilliams (@_rydiculous_) March 20, 2013
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Kentucky sucks
— DE^EN™ (@SuluKid) March 20, 2013
— A$AP Jewy (@TheRealBobJewy) March 20, 2013
Seeing Kentucky lose as I watch the 1976 Hoosiers go perfect. I got dat #iubboner
— Sean (@HoosierGinga) March 20, 2013
Kentucky was so sorry this year… Not to mention they just lost to Robert Morris in the 1st round of the N.I.T…. Smh
— Johnny Boy (@HeGotGame1000) March 20, 2013
Wow!! Kentucky just lost to ROBERT MORRIS!!!!!!!!! Whether it was by 2 points or 50 points, they still lost. In the NIT. To RM. #speechless!
— Fake KU bball Team (@Jayhawkflyballs) March 20, 2013
Right now, it is 100% clear to me why @rexchapman said Kentucky deserved a NCAA birth
— Hawk Tiger (@realhawktiger) March 20, 2013
— ChuckyT3 (@ChuckyT3) March 20, 2013
“WELL THERE GOES MY NIT BRACKET!!!”A guy at buffalo wild wings when #Kentucky lost
— matthew wazbinski (@djwaz) March 20, 2013
— Goose Oberstar (@GooseOnSports) March 20, 2013
March Madness has begun! Top seed Kentucky has fallen to Robert Morris! What an unreal game. Oh wait it’s the #NIT and no one cares! Lol
— Max Klekner (@Kleknermax) March 20, 2013
Kentucky’s season needed to end. They didn’t want to be there. Happy for Robert Morris
— Zach Miller (@zmi11) March 20, 2013
Kentucky always says we got next year
— #L1C4 (@_Kinnison_) March 20, 2013
I hate Kentucky haha
— Nick Pollock (@Nick_PNUT) March 20, 2013
Wow #Kentucky … Just wow. Still a fan of the “one and done” rule? I think it’s ruining college and the nba.
— John Watts (@TheJohnWatts) March 20, 2013
Kentucky Wildcats having to take the walk of shame after coming up short in the NIT first round ..season ending game against R. Morris
— LoLa Glanton (@lolageeh) March 20, 2013
Kentucky went from winning the NCAA championship to losing in the first round of the NIT what a difference a year makes
— Tyler Locke (@Tlocke24) March 20, 2013
I knew Kentucky was going to lose. They suck
— 12 PLAY (@CRange_24) March 20, 2013
Can’t say I’m sad to see Kentucky lose
— Matt Hobbs (@mahobbs) March 20, 2013
@beez_sting..what time Kentucky play tomorrow?
— Too Cool…. (@B_smoove777) March 20, 2013
Bet they feel stupid for saying Kentucky shoulda had an automatic bid, knocked out first round of the NIT? hahaa
— Frank Lesperance (@f_lesperance) March 20, 2013
Where’d the Kentucky fans go?
— Whitney Powell (@Twhitless) March 20, 2013
— Mike Howard (@mikebaseball33) March 20, 2013
Kentucky is one and done. No potential rematch with Baylor.
— Greg Warnick (@rungregrun) March 20, 2013
Well Kentucky just capped off its worst season in program history
— Nate Miesner (@NateMiesner) March 20, 2013
Can’t believe fellow NEC school Robert Morris just upset Kentucky in 1st rd of NIT. No Big Dance, but still a great game! #MarchMadness
— David Wahlen (@KickinWally) March 20, 2013
Kentucky coach dumb. Y didn’t he use the timeout??
— Miles Jackson (@MilesNoBoobie) March 20, 2013
Disappointed with this season for Kentucky. I don’t care how good we will be next season. Winning the National Championship to losing NIT?
— Jake Horn (@jakehorn21) March 20, 2013
Damn.. how Kentucky loose the first game of the NIT
— Marquise (@Marquis3_) March 20, 2013
@bigblack hahaha Kentucky = sucktucky
— Gregory Conley (@GregoryConley1) March 20, 2013
Kentucky lost? #YouKnowYouHitRockBottomWhen You go from National Champs To Losing in the first round of the NIT
— #LoveKJ (@OfficialKJ24_) March 20, 2013
Ready for those boys to go ahead and take off the Kentucky jerseys for their last time.
— Kolin Cheatham (@kolincheat3) March 20, 2013
Kentucky lost? Oh I didn’t notice from all their upset fans.
— Elysse Gandy (@gandders30) March 20, 2013