Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari at a press conference after the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

Coach Cal’s Scaredy ‘Cats


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Pardon me as I wipe the tears from my eyes. I’ve been uncontrollably laughing after Kentucky basketball released its homecourt non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2012-2013 season this morning. The Cats will play a rematch of their Elite 8 matchup with Baylor on December 1st………..and that’s it! Aside from lists where people try to name the nation’s most obscure colleges, I have never even heard of the other ten schools on this list. In order to let you in on the entertainment this list has given me, I will provide the list:

Northwood (Exhibition), Transylvania (Exhibition), Lafayette College, Morehead State, Long Island, Baylor, Samford, Portland, Lipscomb, Marshall, and Eastern Michigan.

(Pause for Laughter)

I understand Coach Cal has lost a ton of talent in the ’12 NBA Draft, but come on now folks! If I’m a Kentucky student and/or basketball fan, I am outraged. If you can’t get your hands on a Baylor ticket, who on this list are you thinking is worth the price of a Rupp Arena ticket? Non-conference home match-ups have become one of the most exciting developments in scheduling, and Kentucky rolls out a list like this? Now they don’t have the largest student section in the country or anything (ahem), but they pride themselves on having one of the nation’s premier homecourts in Rupp Arena. Adolph Rupp would be turning in his grave if he saw this pathetic schedule.

I guess Kentucky really is scared of dropping a game at Rupp. We’ve already experienced the bonanza that was the IU-UK melodrama, in which UK “allegedly” backed down from a rivalry series that would involve alternating home-away games each year. In all fairness, they’ve added non-conference games against Maryland, Duke, Notre Dame, and Louisville (two of which are talented basketball teams), but they are either hosted at a neutral facility or road games. The point is, I’m discounting any comments about how good UK is at Rupp Arena. This non-conference home schedule is a disgrace to their program, their  fans, and their state. Coach Cal and the athletic department should be ashamed of themselves.

All we can hope for as Hoosier fans in 2013 is an NCAA tournament rematch with the Wildcats, and judging by their schedule, I THINK they’ll make the tournament. Which is unfortunate, but I think we may have to become used to this kind of behavior. I don’t think there’s a lot of teams who are raising their hands to come play in Assembly Hall, or have IU embarrass them in their home arenas either; and I’m not so sure I can blame them.

#ScaredyCats

Tags: Indiana Basketball Indiana Hoosiers John Calipari Kentucky Basketball Kentucky Wildcats

  • _JordanBunch

    This is absurd. You make this “special” post just to throw off on Kentucky’s schedule. What does this have to do with Indiana?
     
    And you “think” they will make the tournament? This has to be the most biased article I’ve ever read on FanSided.
     
    If I must remind you, Kentucky’s lack if a non-conference home schedule is due to other games. Kentucky plays neutral or away games against the likes of Duke, Maryland, and Notre Dame.
     
    IU sure as hell will not start a home win streak soon. It sounds like someone is jealous after a sweet-sixteen exit in the tournament.
     
    Kentucky ended to IU series because of how ridiculous the Indiana fans acted. There is no way Kentucky was “scared” to end that series. The University of Kentucky offered up a neutral site series with both games being played in the state of Indiana.
     
    Think before you speak, Frank.

  • _JordanBunch

    This is absurd. You make this “special” post just to throw off on Kentucky’s schedule. What does this have to do with Indiana?
     
    And you “think” they will make the tournament? This has to be the most biased article I’ve ever read on FanSided.
     
    If I must remind you, Kentucky’s lack of a non-conference home schedule is due to other games. Kentucky plays neutral or away games against the likes of Duke, Maryland, and Notre Dame.
     
    IU sure as hell will not start a home win streak soon. It sounds like someone is jealous after a sweet-sixteen exit in the tournament.
     
    Kentucky ended to IU series because of how ridiculous the Indiana fans acted. There is no way Kentucky was “scared” to end that series. The University of Kentucky offered up a neutral site series with both games being played in the state of Indiana.
     
    Think before you speak, Frank.

  • http://hoosierstateofmind.com FrankHSOM

     @_JordanBunch I mentioned all of Kentucky’s non-conference games at neutral locations in the article to be fair to UK. I also included the word “allegedly” when I talked about the IU-UK series ending because I, as well as you, have no idea what actually happened to make the talks fall apart. This blog is a simple indication of my “opinions”, and I find UK’s home non-conference schedule very weak this season. I feel as if it is a slap in the face to the UK fans who dish out thousands of dollars for seasons tix each season, and several UK fans I’ve seen online are upset enough to even sell their 2013 season tix. I’m sorry you find my opinion absurd. I always think before I “speak”.

  • http://hoosierstateofmind.com FrankHSOM

     @_JordanBunch In addition, I believe UK news is relevant to Hoosier fans because it is one of the great rivalries in the history of college basketball. I simply provide what my fans want to read. Like it or not, Hoosier fans love to hate UK and UK fans love to hate IU.

  • http://hoosierstateofmind.com FrankHSOM

     @_JordanBunch And thanks for the comment Jordan. Differing opinions and passionate debates is what makes sites like these so enjoyable.

  • _JordanBunch

    I appreciate you explaining yourself man. You’ve earned my respect.

  • _JordanBunch

     @FrankHSOM I appreciate you explaining yourself man. You’ve earned my respect.

  • http://hoosierstateofmind.com FrankHSOM

     @_JordanBunch Any time Jordan. Thanks for the comment.