I don’t tend to focus on college basketball season until we get closer to Big Blue Madness in October. This Saturday is one of the rarities in which eyes will be on both sports within the span of a few hours.
Unlike Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, only one of the games will be televised. Unlike said weekend, basketball gets to go first so there’s no need to fear three overtimes getting in the way of plans to attend both.
However, due to broadcast restrictions, the alumni game will not be televised or even broadcast on the radio. I know, I know. It’s not fair to the fans that don’t have tickets to the game. It’s my understanding, as of yesterday when Coach John Calipari tweeted, that tickets are available for the lower bowl. They could have since sold out. In any event, ticket information can be found at Ticketmaster.
There are two basketball games that are happening. The first will see the 1996 NCAA Championship team taking on the participants of the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. This game tips off at noon. For everybody’s sake, I hope nobody gets injured.
The second game, which will tip off approximately at 2 PM, will see a complete mix of Kentucky basketball alumni but don’t expect Anthony Epps to play in that game as Larry Vaught reported. Epps told Vaught that he “will stay around and watch.”
For those that do have tickets to the alumni game and the football game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, it will definitely be a long day.
From a recruiting perspective, showcasing all that talent at Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon is great. Without looking it up, I don’t know if any recruits are making a visit this weekend. I would expect most will be making visits during Big Blue Madness next month.