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Non-Conference Road Trip Pros & Cons- Part 2: Baylor

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Before the ball drops on 2013 and we move into the new year filled with double digit SEC wins and general awesomeness, our Kentucky Wildcats will leave the friendly confines of the Commonwealth three times. They will travel to Chicago to face Michigan State in the Champions Classic on November 12th followed by a December 6th road trip to Texas Stadium in Dallas to face Baylor and a December 14th contest in Chapel Hill against the Tarheels of North Carolina   Some of you will go to all three, no questions asked. Some of you are like me, though, and need to pick one due to work obligations and wanting to keep a positive balance in your bank account.  In this 3 part series, let’s look at the pro’s and con’s of each trip and at the end I’ll let you know which one I’m planning on taking.

(I realize we play Providence in Brooklyn, but we just went to Brooklyn last year and that game is on Thanksgiving weekend the day after we play Tennessee at home in football. I doubt many people are considering making that trip.)

If you missed Part 1: Michigan State, check it out.


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Part 2: Kentucky vs. Baylor- Friday,  December 6th, 2013  @ Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas

Uk’s men and women will travel to Jerry’s World for a high school esque men’s and women’s double header.  It’s a return game for the 64-55 loss Baylor handed to us in Rupp Arena last season. Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons or making this road trip.


1. Revenge Game. Baylor walked into Rupp last year and delivered what I believe was Calipari’s first home loss as the coach of Kentucky. It was the second loss in three days for last year’s Cats and sent up red flags all over Big Blue Nation. The red flags turned out to be warranted.

2. Awesome venue.  Texas Stadium is massive. And they have a huge jumbotron that you can watch the game on even if your seats are bad. 

3. Plethora of tickets available. Due to the size of the building, tickets will be readily available and should be available at a reasonable price. I would guess you could get in the building for face value or less.

4. You get to see BOTH the men’s team and women’s team play. The women’s game will most likely feature two top ten teams.

5. You can scout Dallas for a return trip to the final four. Assuming next year’s team makes the final four (which I admit is a huge thing to assume), the Cats will travel to Dallas to attempt to capture number 9. You can get a head start on scouting out places to stay, eat, and drink. Big Blue Nation hasn’t spent much time in Dallas, I hope they’re ready for us.

6. The Weather. I know. I’m reaching with this one. And I don’t know if it will be warm and sunny in Dallas in December, but it will be better than what we are dealing with up here.



1. Dallas is a long way away. Unless you like drives that take double digit hours, you’d need to fly. As a man of 6 feet and 4 inches, I do not like long drives like this. It would be necessary for myself and most to fly there, which would raise the trip price.

2. Bad game atmosphere. Although I listed the venue as a pro, it can also be a con. Those big domes are terrible for watching basketball. The noise disappears into thin air, it’s difficult to see if you aren’t sitting close, and the quality of play is often compromised because it is difficult to shoot in big domes unless your name is Spike Albrecht, Luke Hancock, or Doron Lamb.

3. Baylor’s uniforms will most likely be hideous. Adidas seems to use big games as occasions for displaying the worst of the worst when it comes to their uniform creations. I halfway expect Baylor’s uniforms to have blinking lights on them for this game.


But hey, everything is bigger in Texas right? I hope that includes the Big Blue Nation and our margin of victory. Go Cats.



Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

13 Comments for Non-Conference Road Trip Pros & Cons- Part 2: Baylor

  1. Duuuuuude
    8:14 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I would have to think it would be a Pro for having the Harrison’s and Randall on the team. They won’t want to stink it up in their home state.

  2. DallasEgg
    8:19 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I live 15 minutes from Cowboy’s Stadium. Saying I’m excited about this game is an understatement. Finally, I get to take my kids to a UK game, the same as my dad did with me growing up in Lexington. By chance, does anything know when tickets will go on sale? I looked and can’t find any info.

  3. HillbillyInBC
    8:22 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    That’s Texas Stadium in the photo, and it was reduced to rubble a few years ago.

  4. Eric Cartman
    8:41 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Wrong name. Wrong Picture.

  5. Cats r Back
    8:57 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    LOL @ this post…

  6. Leon lett touching the ball says
    9:12 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    I know that stadium.

  7. BlueTexan
    9:17 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Weather should still be great…and, if you fly out of Standiford (instead of Bluegrass) and get a deal on Southwest Airlines (“deals” all the time) savings will be significant. (That’s the only way I’ve traveled to Lexington the past several years.) “Jerry’s World” is an incredible venue…not been to a basketball game (yet)…looking forward to my Cats being only 35 minutes away!!!!!!!!!

  8. The Two- Headed Dog Boy
    9:46 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Aaron, Texas Stadium was demolished April 11, 2010 so how can UK play a game there this season? Are they going to use your time machine to go back in time? Typical great post from Flener.

  9. Dee W.
    10:40 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Texas Stadium is gone – see video of being demolished here:

    Perhaps the game is going to be at Cowboy Stadium instead?

  10. HeyHey
    11:13 pm May 3, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t we also play at the Barclays Center against Providence? That would be four road games.

  11. Chiro Doc
    8:59 am May 4, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t wait to see the game on “Jumbo Jerry”… Having attended many Cowboys games at Cowboys Stadium I am really excited to watch the Cats on that amazing, huge screen!

  12. Larry libebeard
    9:16 am May 4, 2013 Permalink

    How many times you’ll gonna post that the games in Texas stadium? Do you’ll know it has been demolished and therefore probably unavailable for a game of baskeball

  13. grottofalls
    7:24 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    (3’s in DOMES) ….you forgot Anthony Epps… #EppsomSalt