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KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer
NCAA Division I Basketball Committee chairman Mike Bobinski said Wednesday it was too early to determine the tournament viability for No. 25 Kentucky, which lost standout freshman forward Nerlens Noel for the season with a torn ACL during Tuesday night’s loss to Florida.
The defending national champion Wildcats fell to 17-7 with the defeat, and the loss of Noel — who was leading the country in blocked shots — was a serious postseason blow.
“The reality is we have about four-and-a-half weeks of basketball left to be able to watch Kentucky and to see how they perform without him in the lineup now, and that will really tell the story, I think of how we ultimately judge and view Kentucky,” Bobinski said. “It’s way too early to consider them in, out, or in between.”
Bobinski also said Cowboys Stadium, site of a regional for this year’s tournament, will be configured this year just as it will be for next year’s Final Four, in what amounts to a trial run for the site.