The schedule is out.
These are the first ten things that popped in my head after seeing it.
Add your own in the comments section.
1.) What is a Northwood?
Kentucky will host Northwood University’s Florida campus, coached by former UNLV and Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino, in its first exhibition game of the season. Massimino coached the 1985 Villanova team to the NCAA title over Georgetown.
Cal and Massimino have feuded in the past, but the beef has since been squashed.
2.) The home schedule isn’t any worse than in years past.
I’m seeing A LOT of complaints about the slate of home games on the nonconference schedule when it’s really no different than it was two years ago. Here are the home games from the 2010-11 season:
East Tennessee State
Mississippi Valley State
Kentucky beat Indiana by 19 that year and the Hoosiers finished the season with a 12-20 record, good enough for last place in the Big Ten.
3.) This is why the North Carolina series was put on hold.
Cal took a year off from the UNC series but will start it up again in 2013-14 so that the home game against the Tar Heels falls on opposite years of the home Louisville game. That ensures at least one marquee home gave every season.
Just get through this season and then Rupp Arena will host the Tar Heels or the Cardinals every December.
4.) No game in Freedom Hall for the first time since 1958.
With an average attendance of 13,770 over the last six years, the annual Freedom Hall game wasn’t getting the turnout UK needed to continue scheduling the venue.
Not to mention, the place is falling apart and smelled a lot like syrup during last year’s game against Arkansas Little Rock.
5.) Louisville game doesn’t fall on New Year’s Eve.
UK and Louisville played on New Year’s Eve the last two seasons, which made for a longggggg day and an even longer night. I’m happy to see it pushed back to December 29, so we’re not trying to cram two celebrations into one evening.
6.) Kentucky will open its season away from Rupp Arena for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
Not since the Cats opened up the 2002-03 season in the Maui Invitational has Kentucky kicked off a regular season outside of Rupp Arena. Kentucky will open the 2012-13 season against Maryland in Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center.
The first home game won’t be until November 16 when the Cats host Lafayette in the third game of the season.
7.) Portland? Again???
Good news KSR live bloggers!!! Sammy Redhead is back for another year!!!
Coach Cal really wanted Terrence Jones when he set up this three-game series.
8.) Enjoy one last home game against Samford.
Next year, Kentucky will travel to Birmingham for the third and final meeting against the Bulldogs, as part of the agreement between Coach Cal and his former staffer, Martin Newton.
The son of C.M. cashed in a lot of favors when he took over as Samford director of athletics. Kentucky football also hosts Samford this year.
9.) Sean Woods is coming back to Rupp Arena. Again.
Woods returns to Rupp Arena as head coach of the opposing team for the third time in five years.
This time it’s with Morehead State.