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Jun 30

UK Basketball: Thinking ahead

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari isn’t afraid to think outside the box.
The Kentucky coach indicated during the SEC basketball coaches teleconference Monday that he wouldn’t mind playing high-profile teams at neutral sites.
Imagine Kentucky playing a high-profile opponent at Freedom Hall as opposed to a mid-major. How about a game against Indiana at the home of the Indianapolis Colts?
Why not? It makes perfect sense.
The Wildcats remain a big draw and a high-profile squad, featuring one of the top fan bases in the nation.
Playing at home is nice, but every once in a while, it’s nice to play in a high-profile contest away from home on a neutral court. It eliminates total home court advantage and gives Kentucky and the other programs in the upper echelon of the collegiate ranks added exposure.
An even bigger benefit is that fact that the NCAA Tournament is played at bigger venues at high-profile sites such as Oklahoma City, Nashville, Atlanta, Kansas City and other top-notch sites.
Playing neutral-site games during the regular season would give Kentucky experience when the postseason begins.
Calipari is on the right track and has the right idea.

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