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Western Kentucky Offers to Play Kentucky in Basketball for Charity

Mary Langenfeld | USA Today

Mary Langenfeld | USA Today

Near, far, wherever you are you can hear the chants from Bowling Green. “We want Kentucky!”

This morning the University of Kentucky announced the addition of two new opponents to the nonconference schedule. UAB and Marshall, two Conference-USA programs, will play at Rupp Arena in December. The Commonwealth’s C-USA program, Western Kentucky, offered to to join the party on UK’s nonconference schedule.

“If you’re making the C-USA tour, give us a call back sometime! We’re ready and right down the road,” WKU Tweeted from their official men’s basketball account. But wait, there’s more!

The two teams have only played six times since 1971. The Wildcats most recently defeated the Hilltoppers 81-66 in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. They have not played in the regular season since Patrick Sparks and the Hilltoppers handed Tubby Smith’s fourth-ranked Wildcats a 64-52 loss at Rupp Arena in 2001.

If the Wildcats accept WKU’s offer, they should strengthen Kentucky’s schedule. Rick Stansbury’s squad finished tied for second in the C-USA in 2020. This year they return two former Kentucky Mr. Basketballs, Taveion Hollingsworth and Carson Williams, and former top five recruit Charles Bassey, who suffered a season-ending injury last December.

Do you think Mitch Barnhart and John Calipari should accept the Toppers’ offer?

UPDATE (2:20 p.m.)

UK confirmed to KSR that the school has been in talks with Western Kentucky University about a basketball game in the future, however, that will not happen this year.

“Our nonconference schedule is complete for this upcoming season but we will continue to discuss scheduling opportunities with WKU for future seasons,” said a UK spokesman.

Article written by Nick Roush

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20 Comments for Western Kentucky Offers to Play Kentucky in Basketball for Charity

  1. snoopjdawg
    11:42 am July 7, 2020 Permalink

    I am a UK fan first and foremost, but I sit front row/center court at WKU basketball games and a graduate.

    I think WE should play US. Fun game for charity. Cats will win by 15.

    • WILDCATS1968
      3:01 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      Same for me, I have WKU season tickets. Wish we would play WKU and maybe on a rotation basis with Murray State. I mean we play EKU, and the other KY schools, why not Murray / WKU ? That would have been one fun game with Ja Morant and the Racers. Cal is not scared, well maybe leary of playing those two with nothing to gain, especially after the Evansville game. But i would rather help in state schools rather than Evansville, Marshall and the like. I know one thing, win or lose, Mr. Tay Hollingsworth (and others) would play his ass off for that game. He wanted a UK offer BAD.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:58 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Cal was helping UK alumni coach McCarty for all the good it did.

  2. BobbyBlue
    11:52 am July 7, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t believe Cal and the WKU coach have a warm and fuzzy relationship.

  3. jim tom
    11:55 am July 7, 2020 Permalink


  4. mashburnfan1
    11:55 am July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Cal too afraid he would lose. Wonder what excuse he will come up with to avoid playing them.

    • bkeith75
      12:39 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      He doesn’t have to come up with an excuse. He can just decide UK is not playing them. End of discussion.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:59 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

      He’ll say that troll mashbumed might have a happy stroke if we lose and I just can have that on me.

    • lexfan
      4:20 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Nah, it’s not Cal this time. It’s UK.. Last regular season game was played in Rupp in 2001 and it didn’t go the way UK thought it should, so no more play. Can’t be losing by double digits at home.

  5. IrishCat
    12:12 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    This, I can get behind.

  6. tdub
    12:16 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    It’s for charity. Will benefit the state. Let’s play em.

  7. DaaaaCats
    12:23 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Last WKU home game I went to they beat Wisconsin. It got super rowdy and was a little bit embarrassing, really. WKU fans taunting Wisconsin fans out the door after we just upset them.
    WKU would be a decent non-conference opponent. I remember they beat Arkansas at Arkansas a few years back, too.

  8. VirginiaCat
    1:02 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Despite Cal’s commitment to charitable events, he will not play WKU unless Cal is confident that UK has an overwhelming advantage in terms of talent. He will not risk the embarrassment of a loss.

  9. Headhurts
    2:09 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Sure let’s play them, say early February in Rupp,,

  10. ClutchCargo
    2:44 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Trashburn and VaginaCat really enjoy the smell of each other’s farts.

    • VirginiaCat
      3:57 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

      Such an eloquent and insightful post.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:01 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

      His more so than either one of your alls.

  11. T-Town Cat
    3:12 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Joe B wouldn’t play in-state schools because he didn’t want fans and students of those schools who were also UK fans to begin rooting against UK. He has probably passed that advice along to Cal.

  12. _lilman_
    6:46 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

    It’s a no win situation for Cal and the Cayts

  13. catdaddyd
    11:15 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Charity??? If no football season most schools will lose money. WKU might want to keep that money to stay afloat.