Kentucky lost a football game over the weekend for only the second time all season. But we’re OK, Big Blue Nation. Georgia’s a very, very good team and this is still a special season with a lot of fun and winning football to be played in the month ahead. So keep your chin up and stay positive about Mark Stoops’ program on this rare Monday after a loss in 2018.
But also get excited about the Duke game tomorrow night.
We put it on hold to chase our SEC Championship dreams in football, but now we can get serious about the Champions Classic. It’s No. 2 Kentucky versus No. 3/4 Duke in the season opener and it doesn’t get any better than that.
John Calipari said a win is a huge, a loss will be put behind them
“If you win it’s huge,” Cal said of the blockbuster season opener. “If you lose you just put it in the rearview mirror, learn from it and go on to the next game. But it’ll hold for any of the teams that win this thing.”
He said his team is very excited about playing the game.
He does not know his starting lineup.
If you’re to believe what he said Sunday afternoon, John Calipari does not know who he will start against Duke.
Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis in Friday’s exhibition game. It started Immanuel Quickley, Quade Green, PJ Washington, Reid Travis and Nick Richards in the first exhibition game.
Safe to assume PJ Washington and Reid Travis will be among the five starters tomorrow night?
WATCH: Calipari’s entire pre-Duke press conference:
Mark Stoops will meet with the media at noon.
It’s Monday, which means Mark Stoops will hold his weekly press conference in the Kroger Field media room. Today he will look back at what went wrong in Saturday’s loss to Georgia, and then he’ll preview the weekend ahead as the Cats get ready for a bounce-back game against Tennessee down in Knoxville.
We will have the live stream here on Kentucky-Sports-radio-dot here at noon, so come back for that.
Kentucky and Tennessee will kick off at 3:30 pm on Saturday.
In case you missed it over the weekend, the SEC announced late Saturday night/early Sunday morning that Kentucky’s upcoming game against Tennessee will kick off at 3:30 pm on the SEC Network. It’s the second straight 3:30 pm game for the Cats.
The Cats opened as a 3.5 point favorite.
Kentucky is the favorite in Knoxville for the first time I can ever remember. The line opened at 3.5 points Sunday afternoon, but has already moved to UK -4 in some places.
Gamble responsibly, friends.
Tonight at KSBar and Grille: TITANS vs. COWBOYS/Ryan Lemond Cheapskate Night
Titans fans, I need you on my side at KSBar and Grille tonight as the Titans take on the Dallas Cowboys. My girlfriend Abby is a lifelong Cowboys fan, so we’re a #HouseDivided at KSBar and I’ll need all the friends I can get.
It’s also Ryan Lemond Cheapskate Night, so get in there!