We’ve already shared John Calipari’s comments about the Louisville game, but on this morning’s Zoom with reporters, he said he’s pleased with how the rest of Kentucky’s schedule is taking shape.
“We’ll probably announce it all at once when everything plays out. It’s all looking good. I feel comfortable.”
As of now, the 2020-21 college basketball season is set to begin on November 25. Kentucky has a multi-team event (MTE) planned in Lexington with Detroit Mercy, Hartford, and Richmond before traveling to Orlando for the Champions Classic on December 1.
“What we don’t know is what it’s going to be like when we start in November. We don’t know if there will be a vaccine, we don’t know if they’re going to let people in the building, but our first two things, our MTE and first tournament and going to Orlando will be in bubbles and it will give us a chance to figure out what’s next.”
Last week, the SEC announced it will begin its conference schedule on December 29 and 30, with 18 games and two open dates for flexibility. Calipari said he wasn’t sure what format the SEC will go with this season, but floated some interesting possibilities.
“What our league does, I don’t have any control over that. Will we go home-and-home? Will we have travel partners, in other words, we’re not only going to go one game, we may fly somewhere and go to two or three games in a bus, get back on the plane and go home. Less touch points. I don’t know any of that. But I do know how we’re starting.”
Regardless of what the schedule looks like, Calipari said one thing remains the same: with essentially a brand new roster, it’s going to take his team time to find its footing.
“We started on our schedule probably more than a month ago. Before the dates came out, we had an idea what we were going to do and the contracts that we had to honor, whether we were playing at home or on the road, which makes our schedule ridiculously tough. When you have nine new players, this is way too tough of a schedule but there’s not going to be competitive equity. There’s not this year. You may have teams at the end of the year play 18 games, someone else may play 25. Someone else may play 15. Someone else may have something happen and they’re out three weeks with their team and three of those were home games and only one was on the road. You don’t know. There’s not going to be competitive equity.”
“Let’s have a season. Let’s get to the NCAA Tournament. Let’s all survive. Let’s not cut sports. Let’s make this so it works and we all survive this year. That’s all I’m trying to do.”
Kentucky’s 2020-21 Schedule (as we know it)
- Lexington pod (begins first week of the season on Nov. 25)
- Kentucky will play Detroit Mercy, Hartford and Richmond
- Champions Classic (tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1)
- Kentucky will play Kansas
- Holiday Hoopsgiving (scheduled for Dec. 6)
- Kentucky will play Georgia Tech
- Kentucky vs. Notre Dame (scheduled for Dec. 12)
- CBS Sports Classic (originally scheduled for Dec. 19)
- Kentucky will play UCLA
- SEC schedule (begins Dec. 29 and 30)
- 20 play dates, 18-game conference schedule
- Big 12/SEC Challenge (target date is January 30th, 2021)
- Kentucky’s opponent has not yet been determined