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.
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.