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.