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Calipari hints at potential Texas A&M postponement, three-game slate during final week

Photo by Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Now sitting on a three-game winning streak after beating the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, the Kentucky Wildcats have built up some momentum down the stretch leading up to the SEC Tournament. They’re still just 8-13 on the year, but with three more games on the official regular season schedule, along with the possibility of “a couple games” being added the final week of the season, they could put together a fairly solid winning streak before making a run in Nashville.

“They’re in a pretty good position, but now, you’ve got to finish,” UK head coach John Calipari said during his postgame radio show. “You’ve got to play the next game, and you’ve got to play well or you get beat.”

As of today, Kentucky’s next game is currently scheduled for this Tuesday against Texas A&M at Rupp Arena, though the Aggies just postponed their sixth consecutive game, with five delays coming as a result of positive COVID-19 test results, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the program.

With the program still on pause, it’s not clear if A&M will be cleared in time to make a trip to Lexington in just three days. And judging by Calipari’s comments after the game, there doesn’t appear to be much optimism on Kentucky’s side of things that they will.

When asked about the possibility of adding new opponents to the schedule as he discussed Friday morning, Calipari backed away from those comments just a touch, adding that UK may just play three SEC games the final week of the season.

“Yeah (we could add new games), but the gauntlet that these kids have just been through, I’m not sure we don’t take a couple days and catch our breath,” Calipari said. “Then try to play both A&M and South Carolina both that last week where we get three games. Play at Mississippi, then two home games before our conference tournament. That’s what I’d like to do. These kids need a breath, come on. They’ve been through a gauntlet.”

With this proposal, Kentucky would not play until Saturday when the Wildcats take on the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena, followed by the team’s trip to Oxford, MS for a battle with Ole Miss on Tuesday, March 2. Then, according to Calipari’s suggestion, UK would fit in the Texas A&M and South Carolina make-up games between March 3-7, giving Kentucky four more games on the schedule.

And then from there, UK would head to Nashville the following week for the SEC Tournament, hopefully staying from March 10-14 and coming home with a conference championship trophy.

Would fans prefer a week off before two straight weeks of chaos?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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21 Comments for Calipari hints at potential Texas A&M postponement, three-game slate during final week

  1. mashman 93
    4:43 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    This team doesn’t need a week off imo.

  2. EdC
    4:44 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    Ugh. A&M is almost an automatic win too.

  3. UKFanSC
    4:44 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    Just a week ago we had a subset of site goers who wanted to fire Calipari and completely retool the program. Look at how well they played today. The defensive effort. The shot selection. The reduction in turnovers. The tightening of the rotation (sorry Allen, Ware….Toppin and Brooks are taking your minutes ). All of this is team improvement. What coaches do. Gotta give Calipari credit for this if you’re gonna rip him for the early season dysfunction.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:50 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      Were you not among that subset? I seem to remember you being very critical, I could be wrong but that’s my memory. Other than that I agree with you.

    • UKFanSC
      5:29 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      No. I have been in the pro – Calipari camp….. my gripe has been underperforming players. Guys who are much better than what we’ve been getting, until recently.

    • CALfacts
      5:13 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      Ukfansc, early season struggles? 5-13 isn’t early season struggles. Yes he finally has them playing excellent bb. But he has costed the team at least 4 games this year, boy wouldn’t love to have those 4 games now.

    • EdC
      5:25 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      You are delusional. It is flabbergasting that you think this 1 game means Calipari is OK. Go look up what The Unforgettables accompliahsed who had a single 5 star and a bunch of players with guts and tell me how great Cal is.

    • mashman 93
      7:24 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      Those guys had been playing together for years man and Mashburn was the difference. Gimme a break with that bullshit.

    • The Big Lebowski
      6:50 am February 21, 2021 Permalink



      Imagine that.

      Imagine adding 2 or 3 Top 10 recruits to a team of Solid 4 Stars who had been at UK for 3 or 4 years.

      UK wouldn’t be a chemistry lab each and every year.

    • EdC
      8:42 am February 21, 2021 Permalink

      It is hilarious that the fans of University of Calipari SUDDENLY understand there is value in having players together for years. It’s a shame you can’t edit posts here huh mashman? LOL

    • mashman 93
      10:02 pm February 21, 2021 Permalink

      Hilarious that you can’t just enjoy a win a not whine about days gone by. lol.

  4. Johnnycat
    4:48 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    Anyone know if there is an extra week between last game and SEC tourney in order to schedule make up games? Some teams like SC have quite a few to make up. Looks like the Cats may need to win out through the SEC tourney just to get to .500.

  5. panicpat
    4:49 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    Did you watch the 2nd half. Granted we played great defense. But our shot selection and turnovers are still concerning

  6. bigblueincincy
    5:01 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    I’m sure Mitch and the powers at UK are aware. But Detroit does not have a game next week. Be nice to get them at Rupp if A&M can’t play.

  7. Tom Bombadil
    5:21 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    Those kids play 4 games in the day on the AAU circuit. Boy that sure was some gauntlet going through the state of Tennessee! Calipari is like a general that would use human Shields…. the truth of the matter is it was his gauntlet. He won three games in a row he’s trying desperately to pretend he won the NCAA title!! And I understand! Just not man enough to admit his own Humanity. it’s Cal that needs a break on the couch… a drama queen. Exposed. … he totally needs a break after 3 game win streak!!

  8. KYJelly
    6:03 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

    Uhhh Cal, that white shirt is not flattering

    • Johnnycat
      7:55 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      LOL…Cal and Stoops sure eating good in Lexington these days. Both those guys need to get in their weight room and on the treadmills a little more often.

    • Johnnycat
      7:57 pm February 20, 2021 Permalink

      Cal going the way of his buddy huggy bear as his career progresses. He went from Dapper Don in the suit and tie every game to big floppy sweatshirts.

    • EdC
      8:43 am February 21, 2021 Permalink

      Neither is the comb over of that huge bald spot but he’s not giving that up ever.