Kentucky’s game against Texas A&M on February 23 has officially been postponed, the Southeastern Conference announced Saturday evening.
Following John Calipari’s announcement that the Wildcats would not be taking on the Aggies on Tuesday, the SEC has since confirmed the news, noting that the game has been postponed due to a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Texas A&M men’s basketball program. The decision to postpone is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements.
The league has built-in make-up dates scheduled for March 5-7 in case games are postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols, but a make-up date has not been determined at this time. This is the second league game that has been postponed, as UK’s home game against South Carolina originally slated for Dec. 29 was also postponed.
“Now the game got canceled Tuesday, so we’ve got a couple left,” Calipari said during a postgame interview with KSR’s own Matt Jones on ESPN Radio. “I’m hoping the following week we get a couple of our league games that have been canceled at home.”
Per the NCAA Division I Council’s framework for scheduling this season, teams can play a maximum of 27 games (24 regular-season games with one three-game multi-team event).
Following Kentucky’s win at Tennessee Saturday afternoon, said it was unlikely the team would take on the Aggies on Tuesday, adding that UK will likely play three SEC games the final week of the season.
“Yeah (we could add new games), but the gauntlet that these kids have just been through, I’m not sure we don’t take a couple days and catch our breath,” Calipari said. “Then try to play both A&M and South Carolina both that last week where we get three games. Play at Mississippi, then two home games before our conference tournament. That’s what I’d like to do. These kids need a breath, come on. They’ve been through a gauntlet.”
Four games in eight days? Let’s do it.