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Trial Run Leaves Kentucky, Carolina Out

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Suddenly, both storied programs were out.

Simulating the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee last week in Indianapolis gave a taste of the challenge the committee faces when assembling the tournament bracket in March.

Which became most evident when focusing on the "bubble teams," the last group placed in or out of the field. The mock committee left Kentucky and North Carolina out of the field based on their résumés, which would be the first time for both to miss the tournament since 1974.

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