Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks to forward Julius Randle (30) and center Dakari Johnson (44) and guard/forward James Young (1) in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Image Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats: Basketball in August

The Kentucky Wildcats playing basketball in August, even if it comes in the form of exhibition games that don’t count, will be a welcome distraction for many.

This is the second international tour during the summer since John Calipari took over as the program’s head coach. The last such tour came during the summer of 2010 when the team went to Canada.

I feel that this tour will be helpful to this Wildcats squad, even if Willie Cauley-Stein isn’t playing as he recovers from a stress fracture in his foot. Last season, the Cats didn’t come together as a team until March. It won’t be the case this season for a team that returns 59% of scoring from the 2013-14 team.

The Cats lose Jon Hood, Jarrod Polson, Julius Randle, and James Young but they welcome in four talented freshmen to join a crop of returning players–some that decided finishing as the runner-up was not enough.

As the Cats play basketball in August, before the college football season gets underway, the end goal for both players and fans will be the same: win the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship in April 2015. Anything short of that and for most fans, the season will not be considered a success.

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