Kentucky at risk of missing tourney

Updated: January 15, 2013, 2:51 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

We can no longer ignore the elephant in the room: The Kentucky Wildcats, defending NCAA champions and the model of new-age success in college basketball, could miss the 2013 tournament. Really.

Those still reading need to at least face the possibility of sweating out Selection Sunday. The Wildcats are simply good, not great, and enter the heart of the season a long way from their accustomed "lock" status as an NCAA tournament team and Final Four regular.

In fact, the Wildcats are closer to missing the tournament entirely than to playing in April.

Here are several reasons why Kentucky is in danger of missing the 2013 NCAA tournament: