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Leach and Pratt will not travel for UK basketball road games



This year Kentucky’s radio team will be calling Wildcat SEC basketball road games from home.

Tom Leach has been on the road throughout the UK football season to call games alongside Jeff Piecoro. That will not be the case when the UK basketball team travels on the road in SEC play this year. Leach and Mike Pratt will call UK basketball SEC road games from a studio in Lexington with the help of multiple ESPN/SEC Network camera angles.

“It’s going to be really different. I honestly do not know how hard it will be because I have never experienced anything like that but apparently all the leagues are going to that. The SEC has the affiliation with the SEC Network obviously so we can get what we need to call the game,” Pratt told Larry Vaught.

The radio broadcasting limitations vary during the non-conference portion of Kentucky’s basketball schedule. There may be a game or two, like the one at Louisville, where Leach and Pratt can call the game from the side of the court instead of a Lexington studio. As for Tuesday’s game against Kansas in the Champions Classic at Indianapolis, Leach and Pratt will provide radio commentary from Lexington.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for Leach and Pratt will not travel for UK basketball road games

  1. Jpcat15
    1:47 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    That is really stupid. Why can’t they go to the games? Covid spreads as much stupidity as it does germs.

    • Brad Gregory
      7:37 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      If they have health conditions they might not want to travel. I’m healthy and I’m having a time recovering from COVID.

  2. morristown wildcat
    1:56 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    It is the smart and safe thing to do for our beloved broadcast team. We definitely don’t need anyone to potentially be prone to get COVID. Plus, the games should be synced up sound and video wise. This could be a good thing going forward.

    • WKY Cat
      2:16 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Oh Lord.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:11 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

      No more exposure at a game than in a Walmart. If masks are protective they are no less so based on Geographic location.

      If the guys have chosen this I support them. If it was mandated the powers that be are liability happy- NOT safety conscious.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:55 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink


  3. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:14 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    It’s refreshing to learn when people listen to the science.

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:14 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      It would be even more refreshing to see you show even a tinge of common sense, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:38 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Despite what Biden says, there is no such thing as “THE science”. If there were, we wouldn’t have all these conflicting messages from the “experts”. Fauci voted against masks before he voted for them.

  4. BobbyBlue
    4:18 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Be wonderful if we could be able to turn off the TV sound and synch with Tom and Mike

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:10 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Back in the day of the Betamax that was a thing, I video recorded the 92′ UK vs Duke game and synced it with Cawood calling the game, worked beautifully. I never replayed the tape again and I still have it.

  5. Lip Man 1
    5:07 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Am going to be doing this myself this year for Idaho State road games starting at Nebraska on December 6. It will be different and scary as ESPN found out when the power went out during the So. Cal / Utah football game and their announcers were doing it remotely.

    But this is a wise choice of action and a number of conferences have mandated it, the Big-12 and the Big Sky among them.

    They are trying to keep the core of the team, coaches / players / trainer as separated as much as possible from any contact with anyone outside the group.

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:17 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Right up until they get on the court and swap sweat, but as long as they wear masks the rest of the time…