This season, Kentucky is headlining another tournament.
The Wildcats, last season's national champion, will have to settle for trying to win the NIT.
The Wildcats aren't the only Southeastern Conference team snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
Alabama and Tennessee also missed the cut, marking the first time in 39 years that the Wildcats, Crimson Tide and Volunteers were left out of the same NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats (21-11) and Crimson Tide (21-12) are No. 1 seeds in the NIT, along with Southern Mississippi and Virginia.
The Wildcats, who struggled to live up to lofty preseason expectations, went 4-4 in their final eight games without freshman star Nerlens Noel, who had his season ended early with a knee injury that required surgery.
Kentucky, which played in the last two Final Fours under fourth-year coach John Calipari, becomes the 20th defending national champion to be left out of the NCAA Tournament field and first since North Carolina in 2010.
The Wildcats will play at eighth-seeded Robert Morris on Tuesday because Rupp Arena is unavailable to the Wildcats. The second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament are being played in Lexington.
Stanford (18-14) will host Stephen F. Austin (27-4) at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The victor will play the winner of Alabama vs. Northeastern.
No. 9 Miami 87, North Carolina 77 in Greensboro, N.C. Jim Larranaga snipped the final strand of net hanging from the rim, then faced his players and cheering fans to twirl it in the air before draping it around his neck.
There's no mistaking Miami for just a football school anymore, not after Larranaga guided the once-struggling Hurricanes to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference with a team that looks like it can make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
Shane Larkin scored eight of his career-high 28 points in the final 21/2 minutes to help Miami (27-6) pull away in Sunday's ACC tournament final.
In a terrific back-and-forth game filled with big shots, the Hurricanes finally slowed P.J. Hairston and the third-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) enough down the stretch to secure what amounted to a road win in front of UNC's home-state crowd.
Ole Miss 66, No. 13 Florida 63 in Nashville The Mississippi Rebels now have two very big items on their résumé nobody can take away.
Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson had 21 as the Rebels gave coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA Tournament berth by upsetting Florida for the SEC tournament championship.
"So much is made about the NCAA Tournament," Kennedy said. "I was just glad to get the albatross that is the NCAA Tournament off the neck of our program so people can now exhale and get a new focal point."
The Rebels (26-8) have won seven of eight, grabbing their first tournament title since 1981 and their second ever.
Florida (26-7) hasn't won this tournament since wrapping up a three-peat in 2007, and the Gators lost to Kentucky in this game two years go.
No. 10 Ohio State 50, No. 22 Wisconsin 43 in Chicago Ohio State is the champion of the Big Ten Conference tournament again.
Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points and the Buckeyes used their stout defense to beat Wisconsin for their conference-best fifth tournament title.
Thomas was 6 for 19 from the field but made some big free throws down the stretch as Ohio State (26-7) won the championship for the third time in four years.
The Badgers (23-11) shot 38 percent from the field.
No. 16 Saint Louis 62, No. 25 VCU 56 in New York Saint Louis (27-6) topped the Rams (26-8) for only its second Atlantic 10 Conference tournament title in school history. Kwamain Mitchell, whose senior season started 11 games late because of foot surgery, scored 19 points.
"Losing one of the best coaches in NCAA basketball, all those things brought us together," Mitchell said.
Rick Majerus died in December after being hospitalized for several months, and fans chanted the legendary coach's name as the players celebrated the title.