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Calipari says UK likely won’t add non-conference game to schedule next week

Kentucky is no longer expected to add a non-conference opponent to close out the regular season.

Originally hoping to add at least one new opponent to the schedule following the cancellation of UK’s matchup against Texas A&M earlier this week, John Calipari now says that his team will focus on the final two games against Ole Miss and South Carolina before moving on to the SEC Tournament.

In fact, the UK head coach said the program was in discussions with a “top-ranked team,” with the matchup expected to be played on Thursday.

Now, it’s “probably” off the table.

“Yes (we considered playing one). Probably not now,” Calipari said following Kentucky’s 71-67 loss to Florida on Senior Day. “We had a top-ranked team that we had discussed playing Thursday. And we had another team that we discussed playing on Thursday.”

With the opportunity for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament well out of reach at 8-14 overall, Kentucky will simply get through the week and regroup leading up to its trip to Nashville.

“You know what? Let us build some confidence,” Calipari said. “South Carolina, who we have to play on Saturday, just won by 30. Mississippi is obviously playing really well. We’re going to have our tough go of it with what we have. We’re going to have a road game, then a home game, then we go to our (SEC) tournament. “

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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13 Comments for Calipari says UK likely won’t add non-conference game to schedule next week

  1. runningunnin.454
    7:14 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    Of course not; not like they can use the practice or experience. WKU begged him for a game all year.

  2. Not Dan Issel
    7:20 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    I am afraid that WKU would destroy this team, so no reason to schedule an obvious defeat.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:33 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

      That’s quite possible, in fact probable; but, playing the game might help going into sec tournament. It certainly seems the team was playing better before the layoff.

  3. UKgrad80
    7:22 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    We are now afraid to play teams at home. The program has gone down the tubes. Askew wouldn’t start or play more than 10 minutes for most all power 5 teams!

  4. mashman 93
    7:28 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    Play a damn game Calipari and give this team a chance at another win or loss. Our Coach is so full of crap!!!!!

  5. IndianaSucks
    7:36 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    No point really so it makes sense. It wouldn’t do anything for the resume and one good game wouldn’t change anything as we’ve seen a couple times this year. Focus on the SEC tourney.

    • millertim
      9:28 am February 28, 2021 Permalink

      But Cal just revealed his mindset— that UK could still get in the NCAA tourney by beating a “top-rated” program w/o winning the SEC tourney… if that wasn’t the reason, then why cancel that game next week? Now, he says they have to be rested and focused on winning the SEC tourney b/c, by implication, Saturday’s loss puts UK out of the “at large” bid to NCAA (BTW we were never going to get that at-large bid even if we ran the tables for the remainder of the season but lost in SEC tourney).

  6. spincr4hire72
    7:56 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    Morehead or EKU would probably beat UK right now also, nevermind WKU

  7. the_cold_iron
    8:10 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    Let’s just count our scrimmage victory over Transy as a win instead – likely the same resume “boost” as any other games we could lose – er – play.

  8. Kfckernel
    9:14 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    Seems like a coach would not pass up an opportunity for a game. Isn’t that why they get paid??

  9. Glam Girl
    9:27 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t want to take the chance one of his draft picks gets hurt…

  10. frankgrahovac
    10:06 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    No reason to schedule any more games, this team for whatever reason never played with chemistry or team ball, best to just end it and wait for next season

  11. millertim
    9:23 am February 28, 2021 Permalink

    Wow… kind of a shocking admission that Cal thought they could still get in the NCAA tourney w/o winning the SEC tourney by adding a big name opponent that obviously we were going to beat (beef up our impressive resume…lol). By canceling a “top opponent” next week, Cal’s now admitting they have to win the SEC tourney and to do that they must be rested—- though they were rested against Florida having played NO ONE this week… Got news for Coach Cal, once they dropped the opportunity to reach 500 this year, they were ALWAYS going to have to win the SEC tournament…