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UK Announces Hoops Schedule, Home Slate Straight From The Bakery

John Calipari says he’s now running a non-traditional program.  He wasn’t during his first three seasons in Lexington, but now he is.  And part of being a non-traditional program means playing more big games in major arenas in neutral cities… and fewer home-and-home series that lead to games being played in good opponents’ gyms.

We’ll not have anyone say we’re questioning the overall toughness of Calipari’s schedule.  We’re not.  He plays as many tough teams as anyone.  He just doesn’t want to play them in their home arenas anymore.  And, as we wrote a couple months back when Coach Cal launched his “non-traditional program” idea, that decision will result in fewer good games being played at Rupp Arena in front of the ticket-buying, Lexington faithful.

The release of the nonconference portion of the Wildcast 2012-13 schedule bears this out:


Maryland (Barclays Center, Brooklyn)

Duke (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Lafayette College (Home)

Morehead State (Home)

Long Island University (Home)

Notre Dame (Road… due to SEC/Big East Challenge)

Baylor (Home)

Samford (Home)

Portland (Home)

Lipscomb (Home)

Marshall (Home)

Louisville (Road)

Eastern Michigan (Home)


So basically, Cat fans will get to see Baylor in Rupp Arena along with nine assorted creampuffs and cupcakes.  It’s a bakery-made home schedule, for sure, but UK fans still basking in the glory of an NCAA Tournament championship might not give a single hoot.  Not now anyway.

Ah, but will Kentucky fans who buy tickets and pay to park and pay for popcorns and Cokes eventually grow weary of seeing just one or two marquee nonconference home games per season when most of the biggies are played in some dome several states away?  We shall see.


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Scott Lester
Scott Lester

How do you spell coward- unwilling to play top opponents at their home court because he is afraid that his teams of one and dones will not be able to handle the preasure.  KY's motto is no longer anybody, anytime, anywhere, it is anybody, anytime but not your home court.


Gotta agree with John here. While the died in the wool faithful might want to pony up to see cream puffs at home (and they will), a good percentage are going to say "nah, will watch it on tv." Neutral sites are not bad per se, but college ball is about rivalries where you walk onto someone else's wood and man up, and then expect them to do the same. UK has a brilliant basketball program and very smart folks running it, so they will make it work. But it could have been, well, better imho. 


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