With today being all about the football game against South Carolina, let’s step away for a minute to basketball to check out the television schedule for the 2012-2013 season.
The Wildcats should be pumped up to see how often they play on national television. Getting national recognition is one of the many things that have come along with the success that Coach Cal has brought to this program. Let’s take a look. Kentucky will play in eight games on ESPN, including Maryland, Duke, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, and Missouri for ESPN College Gameday. The Cats will have three games airing on ESPN2, Notre Dame, Portland, and Marshall, and three games on ESPNU, Auburn, South Carolina, and Eastern Michigan. Kentucky also has two games that will air on either ESPN or ESPN2 but the official announcement has not been made, those two games are at Georgia and at Vanderbilt. But wait, there’s more. Kentucky will also play on CBS for five games, Baylor, Louisville, Arkansas, Florida, and at Tennessee. Also added in is the SEC Tournament, which starts on the SEC Network, then as it gets farther into the tournament, moves to ESPNU, and the SEC Tournament Championship will be aired on ABC.
If you don’t count the SEC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament, UK has a total of 20 nationally televised games this upcoming season. That’s an incredible mark for any college basketball team, but for Kentucky fans, this kind of stuff is becoming a custom and a part of the culture of the Big Blue Nation. Coach Cal continues to produce extremely talented teams year after year and the television schedule is just another way the point is proven. This alone could be a huge factor in recruiting. How can a guy say that he doesn’t want to play in front of the entire nation over 20 times a year? This schedule is the “Kentucky Effect” in full swing and Cats fans are loving every second of it.
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