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The Kansas Game Showed a Scheduling Gift for College Hoops

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College basketball received a gift and now a blueprint going forward thanks to the Kansas/Kentucky game on Saturday night and really the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The week before the Super Bowl is something college basketball should own.

Don’t listen to Bruce Weber, who complained about Kansas State not getting enough bang for its buck playing a nonconference game this late in the year. Listen to social media and the fans who were loving the games. Make this a common thing. Get gimmicky with it and call it ‘Challenge Day.’ Have the SEC/Big 12 Challenge then throw in the ACC/Big East and Pac-12/Big 10 Challenges. Are you saying fans wouldn’t love some of the old Big East matchups with no other sports on the TV? People wouldn’t want to watch an Arizona/Maryland game?

And of course have Kansas/Kentucky be the showcase at 7pm each year. The recipe is there. It’s just up for some creative minds to steal this idea and run with it.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

4 Comments for The Kansas Game Showed a Scheduling Gift for College Hoops



  1. Caliparty09
    5:25 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind playing the game at Allen Fieldhouse every year. That place was ROCKING. You could tell our guys loved it. Rupp is way too quiet.



  2. deltasig41
    5:42 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    It wouldn’t be quiet if a top 5 team came to town for a primetime Gameday game.

    Rupp Arena might not be the loudest and most intimidating place to play night-in and night-out, but, IMO, there is no better “big game” atmosphere than Rupp. Kansas coming to town would obviously qualify for that. If you’ve ever been in the building for any other Kansas, UNC, UofL or any ranked conference game, then you’d know that to be true. The whole town buzzes, not just the arena.



  3. Angelo
    5:44 pm February 1, 2016 Permalink

    Great idea! I am all for it.



  4. symphonist41169
    8:05 am February 2, 2016 Permalink

    It seems this kind of thing used to be done years ago ON Super Bowl Sunday. One of the networks not carrying the Super Bowl would have a big non-conference matchup(s) on Sunday afternoon, then everyone would settle in for the Super Bowl that evening. I remember Kentucky v. Syracuse one year like that. I actually prefer the way it was done this year, the weekend prior to the Super Bowl. And while we’re at it, let’s expand it from SEC/Big 12 Challenge to adding the ACC and Big 10. Call it the Power Conferences Challenge, or something like that, and always have it the weekend before the Super Bowl.