We all had heard the talk from Coach Calipari earlier this season about the possible shake-ups to the non-conference scheduling starting next season. With Missouri and Texas A&M joining the SEC next season, and with the league more than likely moving to an 18-game schedule in the near future, one of the major non-conference games were probably going to be lost. Add that with the fact that Coach Cal has stated his desire to balance out the yearly home/away games, and it becomes practically inevitable. According to our good friend Jerry Tipton’s UK Basketball Notebook, the team that looks to be getting the ax is North Carolina, at least for the 2012-13 season.
Mark Whitworth, an associate commissioner of the SEC, explained how the league works with its TV partners.
“CBS will tell us the games they want, and they also will tell us the dates and the windows (tip-off times),” Whitworth said.
League rules limit CBS to only five Kentucky games, two of which must be in the non-conference portion of the schedule. This season, CBS picked UK games against North Carolina and Louisville. As for next season, Aresco said the word in TV circles is that Kentucky will not play North Carolina. So CBS plans to select UK games against Louisville and Indiana.
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