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Book your flight to Brooklyn

Kentucky opened this college basketball season in the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with a victory over Maryland. Next year the Cats will be back. It was announced that Kentucky will play Providence on December 1, in the Barclays Center.

Kentucky and its five McDonald’s All-Americans (maybe more?) will travel to play the Friars who are losing only one senior and will return young players in key roles for the team.

Also participating in the second annual Barclays Center Classic are St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Penn State.

Tickets go on sale March 22 at or

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

39 Comments for Book your flight to Brooklyn

  1. Too soon
    2:58 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Too soon

    Mike Liptak

  2. KY Basketball Fan Without A TEAM
    3:01 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    When marketing buffoons try to spin the now into what tomorrow might bring it’s real obvious and so ‘un-Kentucky basketball’ that when you see it it makes you want to puke.

    This is what the teams that want to be UK do and we laugh at them every year when they do it.

    Yet you can’t keep the people who don’t know ‘Kentucky basketball’ from infiltrating the program and spreading their germs amongst the bleachers.

    It’s what happened to this team this year. ‘Un-Kentucky’ players wearing the jersey. I’m not talking about where you were born BTW. It’s what’s in your heart. Either you know your purpose or you don’t. But here we are having to teach people how to…

    … have a damn heart.

  3. Wow
    3:03 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Per Pat Forde:

    “The ‘Cats showed the committee members something, all right. The ‘Cats showed them what an NIT team looks like.”

  4. KY Basketball Fan Without A TEAM
    3:07 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Have a heart WITHOUT…

    blaming the fans, the pressure, twitter, the media, the coach, your mom, the spotlight.

    When you become a man you don’t see those things as hurdles. They are gifts.

    I’m talking to you:

    Willie Cauley Stein

    So vocal about what everybody else has done to cause you and your teammates to be unable to produce.

    Even thought you show more heart than some of the others, your vocal agreement with them that the fans aren’t helping is confirmation to your teammates that they are justified in not being men of integrity.

    You are an an enabler of mediocrity.

  5. KY Realist
    3:07 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Most UK fans spent their trailer rent money o the SEC tourney. They will have o save up all year for this. No way they can afford to fly. Imgine all the pickup trucks and rusted out z-28’s pulling up into thebig city. Look at all dem tall buildins paul!!! LOL.

  6. Ukbball4eva
    3:08 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know how 2 get tix in UK section, with there fans? Perhaps behind there bench. I’m sure that link is jus regular seating no matter what team ur rooting 4.

  7. CalRollstheBallOutThere
    3:15 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The poor kids coming in next year will get the same treatment if they under achieve. I know that to be true because you were talking how great this squad was at the beginning of the season and now look at you. Stop blaming the kids and looking at the non-coaching recruiter u have on the sideline. There’s 300 high school coaches out there that could have coached that team to a championship last year. When will u learn he’s not an X’s and O’s coach. He’s a great salesman that can’t develop players. The kids aren’t standing around out there like they’re lost because they’re bad players they do it because they haven’t been coached what to do. At least u will get a #1 seed in the NIT. Go Cards!

  8. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    3:17 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like Crean chickened out from Cal’s offer after all.

  9. BUCats
    3:23 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    In Brooklyn against Providence… really? I am all for playing neutral site games to simulate the NCAA Tournament experience, but if Providence is the best you can do, bring it back to Rupp.

  10. HornyUK Fan
    3:24 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    #7 you’re an IDIOT! Plain and simple! Your coach hasn’t won ANYTHING in 10/11 years….you guys are so pathetic! Love the hate….everyone is jealous of what they don’t have. BBN

  11. Cal'sFrontButt
    3:28 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I remember Matt going on and on about how it is over for Rick Pitino now that Cal’s is coaching (LOL) at UK. He said uofl would never have a better season then UK as long as Cow is there. What a [email protected] Matt is. You hillbillies won’t be able to say 1986 much longer.

  12. RicksPrematureEjaculation
    3:29 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    A game vs. Providence? You would think Cal may have learned his lesson about scheduling so weak this year. If we would have had more quality non-conference games earlier this season we may have picked up that crucial one or two more Top 50 RPI wins. All those games against scrub teams amounted to nothing for us.

  13. RicksPrematureEjaculation
    3:31 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    11 — 1986. Win it or deal with it. Good luck. The tournament is VERY TOUGH to navigate through.

  14. Blue Jesus
    3:31 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m slightly more optimistic now that Alabama lost and is probably out. I think that was best case, given that they beat Tennessee, then lost the next game. Now I’m hoping Vandy beats Missouri then loses to Florida and I think that may help the perception of our loss yesterday. There will be lots of hand-wringing tomorrow, that’s for sure.

  15. RicksPrematureEjaculation
    3:33 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    14 — Hand wringing? Not really man. I have no expectation of making it in.

  16. A Bad Year to Suck
    3:47 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    UK picked a really bad year to suck, considering how weak this tourney field is. 3 of the 4 #1 seeds will go into the tourney with at least 5 losses. Couple that with how horrible the SEC was this year, and it really just pisses me off how much of a failure this team was.

  17. Chris Butler
    3:47 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    #14 I like your optimism. But Missouri got beat!

  18. brain
    3:50 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    As we speak IU is cutting down the nets for making the final 4 in the big 10 tourney.

  19. rainman
    3:55 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Win it, THEN talk about it!
    Until then SHUT UP!!

  20. Getcha Popcorn Ready
    3:56 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    As a UK fan in the northeast, I’ll be there! Having said that, I would prefer a better venue. Not a big fan of the Barclays Center.

  21. dave
    4:00 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    7-how can ANY cards fan say “cal rolls the ball out there” after watching uofl’s OT game with ND? you had no plays at end of each OT except “pass it to russ & hope for the best”

  22. Rae
    4:04 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    12. Next year we will have Providence, Baylor, UNC, UL, Michigan State, plus whoever they schedule for that new Big 12 challenge thing now that the Big East died. That’s not bad. The opportunities will be there; we just have to capitalize.

    This year more hard games would have meant more losses.

  23. crazycatfan
    4:07 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt – It’s next “season” … not next year. Just sayin’

    Still love my Wildcats!!!

  24. WKYblue
    4:18 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    How do u spell Wisconsin’s bitch? INDIANA. 12 straight wins. Lmao.

  25. Coach Cal Says
    4:20 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink


  26. Coach Cal Says
    4:22 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink


  27. Rae
    4:26 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    On the bright side: one of our rivals is guaranteed to have a disappointing season. IU and UL both know they will win it. And for all their talk, it really should be championship or bust. So one (or both) will have gone a quarter century without a title.

  28. Coach Cal Says
    4:27 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink


  29. ProspectMike
    4:35 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Went to Brooklyn this year. Not a fan of Barclays Center. My advice is to stay in Manhattan and take subway to and from game. Not much to do n Brooklyn for the tourist. It’s great if you’re a local.

  30. Frankthetank
    5:33 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    29. U gonna be there? Same deal as last time as far as u SUCKIN EVERYBODYS PIPE?

  31. Frankthetank
    5:34 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    sorry…that was for our good friend 28

  32. Rae
    6:03 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    You know who would be a good opponent for a yearly Barclays game? Syracuse. They tend to have a good RPI more often than not. It meets their stay in New York requirement. It would be fairly exciting, maybe.

  33. katzrjamers
    6:27 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    @32-would love to see that, but with new conference layouts is it possible? I remember a great game Joe B’s Cats had with St Johns (they were good then) when Bowie & Dirk M played together. It was the CBS season opener and both teams were in mid-March mode. For the fans, if we’re going East in November why not make it something to get excited about?

  34. Cal - Soft Players & Soft Schedules
    7:32 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    This is not worth going to Rupp for, let alone New York.


    Why not play La Salle @ the Taj Kahala?

  35. Cal - Soft Players & Soft Schedules
    7:40 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I can watch guys with more heart swim laps @ the local YMCA.

    Alex Pothress

    Ryan Harrow

    Kyle Wiltjer

    Willie Cauley Stein

    Will never have their jersey hanging from the rafters in Rupp. I am Mark my word.

  36. Heart ache
    10:26 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I really think cal needs to be looked at next year I think the wheels are getting a little loose

  37. dt
    5:52 am March 17, 2013 Permalink

    #11 – Even IF we can’t say 1986 anymore, we can still say 8 > 3. (That means eight is more than three, btw)

  38. dt
    5:59 am March 17, 2013 Permalink

    #11 – In several seasons, teams have missed the dance following a title year. 1987!

  39. dt
    6:02 am March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry #11, meant #7.