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Cincy Hopes UK Will Play Them this Season

As Kentucky’s schedule becomes topic #1 for everyone in America, it is important to remember that it will include a true road game next season against a Big East opponent. There has been a great deal of speculation on the Kentucky end that the opponent could be Cincinnati. And today, Mick Cronin agreed with the speculation, saying that he was hearing it was a possibility. Cronin noted however that ESPN makes the matchups and said that all things being equal, it was a one in six chance that would be the matchup. I would give better odds than that. UC is one of three teams being considered by ESPN for the game and it makes sense for that to be the trip.

Would you like to play UC at their home court? Well whether you would or would not, you may get the opportunity for the game that would make Bearcats fans as excited as any other on their schedule.

Article written by Matt Jones

59 Comments for Cincy Hopes UK Will Play Them this Season

  1. Ciggy
    9:51 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I would enjoy seeing them play.

  2. BTI
    9:53 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    We need to get Hunter McClintock to transfer. Kid reminds me of a white Allen Iverson who tries in practice. Let’s get him in before we worry about the schedule. Someone start tweeting him some BBN love.

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    9:59 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

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  4. Flippy23
    10:02 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like us to play a home and home with Duke……Cats in Cameron, kicking their ACC ass in front of a national TV audience…..with all those gooney bucktoothed Duke undergrads hopping around, waiving to their familes in Bombay and Mt. Kisco……..Archie going off for 28, with 5 threes……Nerlens with 7 blocks………

  5. Jim
    10:04 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Readers are burning up Joel Pett over at the Herald Loser due to today’s editorial. Worthless piece of crap….

  6. UK Homer
    10:05 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Would have loved to beat them by 15-20 this past season. I just hope we’re clicking well enough in December to pull a W @ UC. I know we’ll be better than them, but they’ll be hungry – call them IU-Lite. Maybe even U of L-Lite, if that’s possible.

  7. UK Homer
    10:06 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    4 – You’ll get to see us beat them down on a neutral court this season.

  8. old_school
    10:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Well how good will Cincinnati be. We must get a grip on the fact that UK will be young and we have earned the right to be a non-traditional program – meaning we need to protect our little guys coming into the program. Cincy may be a bit too big and nasty for us. You fans need to trust me. I’ve lined up a schedule against Berea College and the WKU women (See – totally non-traditional) but they will not road games – too many hostile fans at Berea and Diddle. We’re gonna line those games up in at a neutral court. You guys need to trust the mighty and powerful Cal….suckers!

  9. tdogg40330
    10:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    4) You might get ya wish but it’ll have to be in Atlanta. UK and Duke play this coming season in the dome

  10. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    10:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    bearcats? gross. i’ll pass, thanks

  11. Burger
    10:12 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s play Florida State, Oregon, UNLV, Gonzaga, and whoever plays the fastest game in the country.

    Now that Andersen is at Arkansas we should get the speed play. But let’s not hide our team just so we can have a 3 loss or less season.

    I’d much rather lose 2 – 6 games and play a challenging schedule.

    We’ve got the talent. Does Cal have the balls?

  12. why
    10:14 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If mitch b. is looking for a good program to play at Rupp this year, why not play Indiana? It is silly we are not playing Indiana and we are trying to play UC. silly.

  13. BTI
    10:18 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    5) Freedom of the Press. Bam.

  14. old_school
    10:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #12 – Mitch don’t pull the strings. Cal runs the show in Kentucky. It’s a non-traditional program and Kentucky fans will gladly sign over their first born if that’s his demands. He says jump – they say how hi.

    It doesn’t matter what the fans want, what the athletic director wants – Cal’s running this program to help promote his newest batch of 17-year-old high school studs. He’s promised them a chance to showcase their talents for the NBA – and it’s got to be easy. None of these kids wants to be embarassed on national TV with a big loss to Indiana at home. So scratch that game.

  15. UKBlue
    10:25 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    UC Why in the world would we want to play UC especially at UC tiny arena !

  16. tdogg40330
    10:25 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    11) seriously ? you think Cal is scared to play certain teams to pad a record?? gimme a damn break

  17. BTI
    10:25 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    14) All Cal cares about is the Tournament and getting banners. How would losing(as if) to IU help? It wouldn’t unless it was in a neutral site like where the tournament would be played. Boom.

  18. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    10:25 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    PLEASE YES. As a UK grad living in Cincy, I wanna run them out of whatever building we play them in.

  19. Uk hemingway
    10:26 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana ended the series not uk…the big east game is part of a challenge that UK has to play in the Big East-SEC challenge. Every UK fan should know these facts. I would love to play UC in the Shoe..four guard offense with no big man in the middle. UC will shoot 25-30 threes in this game. Cats have to make them put it on the floor and drive, Alex P will have monster game against UC, they have no one to guard him.

  20. VinDatUK
    10:29 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    For all of you asking why would we play UC: it’s not our choice! We play a road game in the Big East/SEC challenge this year. The way that the schedules line up i.e. who needs to play a road game and who gets a home game means UK has to go on the road and UC is due a home game. ESPN will decide – not Cal. And old_school…what’s the weather like in Bloomington this time of year?

  21. BTI
    10:31 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    19) It is unlikely that Alex P will have a great game because he will not have figured out how to use his size advantage that early in the season. I see UC in a close one over UofK.

  22. Uh
    10:31 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    They aren’t gonna mug us are they or go all Xavier on us

  23. old_school
    10:38 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    20 – don’t live in Indiana. I’m true blue all the way. Love my Kentucky – just hate to see it lose it’s integrity under Cal.

    Yes – it’s possible to love Kentucky and dislike. For the record – I love America but hate what Obama’s doing to this nation. And because of my love for both Kentucky and America – I must speak out against things that put them in jeopardy.

  24. kes
    10:42 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    23. turn off rush and educate yourself. jesus, you act like a teenage drama queen.if you dont like cal, find another team to root for. if you dont like america, move

  25. Uk hemingway
    10:45 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    BTI..cats have big size advantage on the frontline and will still be adding two players..A P goes for 17 points and Cats win by 10..71-61. UK has more talent at EVERY position.

  26. old_school
    10:49 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    24 – I’m assuming you get your news from Rachel Maddow and John Stewart, with a little Steven Cobert and Bill Maher thrown in on the side. Ha.

    I’m not like the leftist Hollywood types who threaten to move overseas when things don’t go my way.I opt to fight for the nation to get better -which will start in November.

    As for UK – you suckers keep kissing Cal’s ring and bow before his majesty – and you’ll continue to make UK the laughingstock of American sports.

  27. BTI
    10:50 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    23) Old_school-How is our integrity lost by not playing Indiana? Let me tell you it is not. Booyah.

  28. old_school
    10:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    27. – Imagine this scenario: Kentucky re-emerges after several years of being down and hosts No. 1 Indiana in December – winning on a last second shot that propels them back to the national scene. While Indiana goes on to win the title – Kentucky is poised for next season with most starters returning and a stellar recruiting class coming in. Projections have them rated preseason number one.
    Meanwhile – Indiana has lost everyone, and will field almost exclusively freshmen starting five next year. They are set to host the Wildcats this year – and the Cats would love to hand a little revenge to the Hoosiers for the post-season loss. Only problem is – Hoosiers bow out of the contest – claiming they don’t want to travel to Rupp – only want to play neutral games.
    To top it all – Coach Crean says his recent success elevates the Hoosiers to “non-traditional” status- meaning they have the right to set and play by their own rules – which means watering down the schedule since he’ll be fielding a team of mostly 18-year-olds next December.

    I’m pretty confident such actions by Crean would not be met will much favor in Kentucky. I think we’d throw out words like Jerk, Coward and probably more than a few not fit for print.

    But – silly UK fans are defending Cal for doing the exact same thing.

  29. Old-school's3inchdick
    11:04 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I like most iu fans love to service glory holes st nasty truck stops

  30. Laker Cat 18
    11:04 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cincinnati? We drop Indiana (the preseason #1 team in the nation in some polls) to play Cincinnati? C’mon.

  31. BTI
    11:05 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Old_school- Everything you said is valid. BUT it has nothing to do with Integrity. Having integrity doesn’t imply that we play traditional games. They didn’t break a contract. Zing.

  32. yeah man
    11:06 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    old_school makes a good argument.

  33. old_school
    11:07 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #30 – is that dissent I detect. Thou shalt not argue with the great and marvelous Cal. We are now non-traditional. We are above the fray. I am special – therefore my team is special. We must schedule only games in which we are the better team. Thus sayeth the Cal!

    Now off wit you…or you’ll face the wrath of BBN.

  34. old_school
    11:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The integrity issue I bring up applies to Cal’s insistence that somehow UK has earned the right to set a schedule against teams only if he feels like he can win. Read his manifesto from yesterday – he’s basically admitting that some off-years will require a much lighter schedule. That’s cowardly.

  35. 28...tsk tsk tsk
    11:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Listen up 28, there are some holes in your logic. First, IU would never actually win a championship. Bob Knight is not walking through that door…and even if he is, that door is not attached to a time machine.

    Who says UK is watering down the schedule? It isn’t finalized yet. You’re trying to tell us that scheduling Duke, Maryland, and U of L (at the very minimum) OOC is “watering” it down? Do you realize we’re also getting Mizzou in conference this season? Do you also realize we will have to travel to face a Big East opponent this year? Yes, they will be overrated just like every Big East team, but it will be a true road game. We won’t have the toughest schedule, but it doesn’t mean it won’t prepare us for March/April.

    Your logic of “watering” it down because of a team with mostly 18-year olds…did we water it down in 2011-12 with a team run by Freshmen and Sophomores? Get a grip. We’ll eventually do something that warrants your negativity, but we’re on top of the world right now.

  36. BTI
    11:09 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Old_school- Let the haters hate. Burr.

  37. 34...there you go again...
    11:12 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    34 – If we’re being cowards, then it will show in March when we’re vastly overrated and get beaten early in the tournament. You can argue that the 09-10 was overrated because we didn’t make the Final Four, but the Elite Eight isn’t too shabby. Other than that, what makes you think Calipari will do this at UK? It sure isn’t the past two seasons.

  38. old_school
    11:13 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Further I like most iu fans like to take advantage of goats and donkeys
    Nothing better than coming home to your donkey after a long day

  39. why
    11:14 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    it still doesn’t make any sense that mitch b. is looking for a good team for us to play in Rupp, while dropping the IU series. can someone explain that?

  40. JustSayin
    11:16 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this the old_school that use to post all the time and claim he was a UK fan all the while bashing anything and everything UK? Yeah, surrrre, you are a UK fan. Flip off that right wing hate radio long enough to check out real facts and you might realize it was IU that dropped the series. Funny how ignoring facts blows your whole thesis out of the water. I won’t even respond to your comment about “UK the laughingstock of American sports” but I think we know who the laughingstock of posters is.

  41. BTI
    11:16 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    39- Because they don’t want to sign a contract that has them go play in Assembly Hall, duh. Whoopie.

  42. old_school
    11:17 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK hasn’t played anyone in over a month. Talk about a bunch of cowards. Championships are won in the summer months when the schedules are finalized, not March and April. The most important part of the basketball season is not March – it’s in December.

  43. DDT
    11:18 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Didvi miss something I thought we beat Indians in route to our eight NCAA championship while Indiana made an alter to s sweet sixteen season

    Just wonderIng

  44. BTI
    11:21 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Old_School- Championships are won by hard work 24/7/365. Kentucky Basketball never stops. BURR.

  45. NorthernKY
    11:21 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  46. Typical IU Fan
    11:22 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    43 – You missed how lucky UK was that IU fell to them in the Sweet 16. If UK beats VCU in the Sweet 16 instead on the way to #8, then the season is COMPLETELY tarnished due to losing to IU in December. Didn’t you see the ESPN commercial over and over? DIDN’T YOU SEE IT??!!! Everyone was laughing all along and UK fell for it by winning it all and trying to remain relevant.

  47. season
    11:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    season ticket holders miss out on a great game against IU. oh well, maybe they’ll Georgia Tech or St. Johns to come play. Whoopie.

  48. maybe
    11:33 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    maybe we could start a yearly rivalry game with Tulane or UNLV. that would be fantastic.

  49. BTI
    11:42 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    47 and 48 are trolls. Keep on hatin’ haters. If you know of any recruits who want some KSR t-shirts hit me up on the tweet machine. Burr.

  50. old_school
    11:46 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I molest collies and I love it!

  51. not a troll
    11:58 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    if you are a student or a season ticket holder, what games do you want to see the most? the rivalry games. to have the IU game not on campus is silly. i am from western ky and i disagree with UK’s decision. I disagreed with their decision to hire Tubby Smith and I disagree with the decision to not play IU at Rupp or in Bloomington. It doesn’t make me a hater or less of a UK fan.

  52. 51, listen..,
    12:13 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Your claim to fame is that you disagreed with hiring the guy who coached us to #7. Say what you want about the latter years and even “Rick’s Players” from 1998. The fact is that we didn’t win #7 in 1997 with Rick and Rick’s Players. We won it all in 1998 with Tubby and Rick’s players. Hardly an “I told you so” moment. Now you claim dropping IU is bad, but we don’t even know who they’re being replaced with.

  53. John Ellis
    8:12 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    That ’98 team was the least NBA talented of any of the modern UK champs, and the win over Duke still the top win in UK’s history (Duke was the most NBA laden team of all time up to that point). It was Tubby’s win and his team and the sweetest championship because it was so unexpected. Last year’s team would have topped that. Time to put that stuff to rest. Cal and Pitino’s records at UK just edge Tubby by the FFs over his EEs, honor him and cut the garbage. The vitriol about him resulted in the Gillispie hire, the anti-Tubby, that should have shut it up.

  54. CaliUKFan
    8:28 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    The best matchup in the SEC/BE invite would be UK at Cuse or visa versa. The problem is both teams are slated for road games this season. Next it comes down to whether ESPN would rather have a UK at Georgetown, UK at Notre Dame, UK at Pitt, or UK at Cinci game as those teams are slated for home games.

    On a side note Marquette also is slated for a road game.

  55. BPM
    9:18 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Old_School, go crawl back down your hole. Your opinion is not wanted here at all. I don’t care what you say, you are not a UK fan. You don’t deserve to watch any of these teams. Just please stop posting until your dream comes true and Calipari is gone. You are nothing but a foolish, old racist who has been proven wrong time and time again. My guess is that have never, and will never, contribute a single good thing to society. Go away. I am normally a peaceful and rational person but you make me want to throw feces in your face.

  56. bluefan
    9:39 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good grief, get over Indiana already! It’s over. They sealed their fate when they threatened fans and stampeeded our freaking players still on the court. Who cares? They are not our big rival, UofSmell is and Tennessee in the SEC. A lot of you must work or hang with Hoosier fans and listen to the smack because, honestly, most of us couldn’t care less.

  57. Josh Hopkins
    9:53 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    For those of us who don’t watch Cougartown and thus don’t get to see all of the times Josh Hopkins reps the Cats, does anyone know if there is a compilation video his three goggles, John Wall dances, etc.? Couldn’t find anything on YouTube

  58. Yancy Gates
    12:08 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    As a UK fan myself, I’d love this

  59. BNolan
    4:50 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    As a longtime UK fan, Heck No! UC is not worthy of playing us. I would rather play anyone other than UC. Their fans are ridiculous. They have not done anything of worth in the past 40 years; but, their fans talk like they are God’s gift to basketball. Please let us play anyone but UC. I would rather play any other team ranked below 200 than line up against UC. They are not worthy of playing UK ever!