Kentucky just confirmed three more home games for the 2020-21 season. The Cats will host Detroit Mercy, Hartford, and Richmond in the Bluegrass Showcase in November. Brad Calipari and the Detroit Mercy Titans will tip things off at Rupp on Friday, Nov. 13, followed by Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Richmond on Monday, Nov. 23. Shoehorned in there is a previously-announced game vs. Georgia State on Friday, Nov. 20.
Kentucky has now announced nine games for next season:
- Kansas – Nov. 10 | United Center (Chicago) | Champions Classic
- Detroit Mercy – Nov. 13 | Rupp Arena | Bluegrass Showcase
- Hartford – Nov. 17 | Rupp Arena | Bluegrass Showcase
- Georgia State – Nov. 20 | Rupp Arena
- Richmond – Nov. 23 | Rupp Arena | Bluegrass Showcase
- Georgia Tech – Nov. 27 | State Farm Arena (Atlanta) | Holiday Hoopsgiving
- Cleveland State – Nov. 30 | Rupp Arena
- Michigan – Dec. 6 | The O2 Arena (London) | Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase
- UCLA – Dec. 19 | TBA | CBS Sports Classic
This morning, John Calipari said he is unsure if the game vs. Michigan in London, England will still take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after, the NFL canceled its international games, casting further doubt on the Cats’ trip across the pond.
Back to the Bluegrass Showcase. Last season, Brad Calipari averaged 6.1 points and 1.1 rebounds for Detroit Mercy, making 46 three-pointers on 38% shooting from behind the arc. The Kentucky/Detroit Mercy series is tied at 1-1, with the last matchup taking place during the 1982-83 season. The Titans are led by former Indiana coach Mike Davis.
This will be Kentucky’s second ever game vs. Hartford (Kentucky beat the Hawks 104-61 in John Calipari’s first season in Lexington) and first ever game vs. Richmond. The Spiders finished last season with a 24-7 record and were projected to make the NCAA Tournament. They could return almost their entire roster if juniors Jacob Gilyard, Blake Francis and Grant Golden withdraw from the NBA Draft.