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UK AD says NIT bid would be accepted

Updated: March 7, 2009, 6:45 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla -- The three letters Kentucky fans would rather spit than say may soon be coming to fruition. And if the Wildcats' postseason disintegrates to the NIT -- a seemingly likely scenario after UK's 60-53 loss to Florida on Saturday -- Kentucky has told the NIT it would accept the invitation.

"We're still planning on making the NCAA tournament but if we don't, we told them on Friday we would play," athletic director Mitch Barnhart said.

Barnhart admitted he and the coaching ...

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