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An upset over Florida boosted their stock heading to the SEC tournament. But the Wildcats turned in a miserable performance in Nashville, Tenn., losing to Vanderbilt 64-48 in the quarterfinals, and seemed likely to settle for a bid from the second-tier National Invitation Tournament.

“The good news is everyone seems to be losing,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after falling to the Commodores. “I just hope we’re the best of the bad right now. That’s what I’m hoping.”

The tournament begins Tuesday and Wednesday with the “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio. The second round starts Thursday.

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