By Keith Taylor
Kentucky coach John Calipari was exploring all of his options to find an opponent after Louisville canceled the competition Wednesday due to COVID-19 protocols.
« That was such a quick turnaround « said Calipari. “… But you just didn’t have time to bring something together, but there are a lot of teams that want to play against us, but well, we’ll come to you, but next year you have to come to us and it will be a home and a home (discussion ). ”
Calipari, careful in planning home and home competitions, has also considered this option, but most teams pulled back after Kentucky’s easy win over the tar heels.
Calipari made the decision for playing against Western Kentucky University on Wednesday night instead of negotiating two-year contracts within a short period of time. He added that there was no play at all this week, « out the window ».
« I still think it’s going to be special, » he said. “Whoever is in the arena, these people will say, ‘Wow, that was special. I’m so happy to be here and maybe it worked out for the best. ‘ »
The Hilltoppers, who celebrated an 82-72 win over Louisville at Bowling Green last Saturday, have the history and the respect admired the calipari, and are two reasons the Kentucky coach decided to bring westerns to the Rupp Arena for the first time in nearly a decade.
« You’re talking about a top program and what they’re doing now make, they have a good team, « said Calipari. « They beat Mississippi well, they did Louisville well. »
In order to catch up against the Cardinals this season, Calipari said there would be a lot of variables coming into play for the rest of the season.
» When there are rejections and opportunities, ”he said. “Of course we play it. We just don’t know where all this is going. «
He added that if the game is not played, it should continue next season in the Rupp Arena.
» This is where it should be played « He said. » Didn’t we do that in football? I can imagine we could do it in basketball. « The Kentucky coach also said his team was fully vaccinated and had the booster vaccination, as the Omicron variant becomes more widespread before and after the holidays.
Keith Taylor is the sports editor for Kentucky Today. You can reach him at [email protected] and on Twitter at keithtaylor21.
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