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. “