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              Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) dunks as Florida  Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) dunks as Florida's Casey Prather (24) and Erik Murphy (33) watch during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Florida won 69-52. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)   

Kentucky basketball fan blames Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament absence on ‘liberal socialism’ [VIDEO]

Kentucky’s men’s basketball team won the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but failed to qualify for this year’s Big Dance — all because of “liberal socialism,” one KU fan alleged.

The Wildcats wore the same royal blue jerseys they did last season, but they weren’t the same team. John Calipari’s starting five of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and sixth man Darius Miller left the university for the NBA.

The recruiting wizard replenished his rotation once again, receiving commitments from three of ESPN’s top 15 recruits in the nation: Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin.

Noel, a candidate to be selected first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, tore his ACL in February. Kentucky then crumbled, losing three of its last four games.

A Kentucky fan named Chester, a frequent caller on Kentucky Sports Radio, doesn’t blame the pro draft or injuries on his team’s NCAA Tournament absence. Instead, he blamed “liberal socialism.”

“That mindset is creeping its way into everything,” he said. “We got to make everybody on level playing fields. Let me tell you, them conferences ain’t on a level playing field, so it’s a joke that we’re not in it.”

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