Calipari on future UK schedules

John Calipari continues to have a far different vision for Kentucky's future basketball schedules than previous coaches have.



John Calipari continues to have a far different vision for Kentucky's future basketball schedules than previous coaches have.

During the Southeastern Conference teleconference Monday he noted how he had talked to Indiana coach Tom Crean about returning the UK-Indiana series to neutral sites in Louisville and Indianapolis.

"I am really big on neutral games," Calipari said. "I have talked to Kansas about playing in St. Louis in the big stadium. I think we would have 20,000 fans and them the same. I have talked to Memphis about playing in Nashville."

He has also talked to Ohio State about playing in Louisville the year when UK is playing Indiana in Indianapolis and playing in Cincinnati the year UK plays the Hoosiers in Louisville. He's also had talks about neutral site games in New York and Atlanta.

"Those are marquee, TV games," he said.

Since he also plans to continue series with Louisville and North Carolina, he knows it might be possible to have a year where seven or eight top 25 teams could end up on UK's schedule.

"We better have good players because I will not coach them up to that type of schedule," Calipari admitted.

He waited to see if Jodie Meeks would stay in the NBA draft before finalizing his first UK schedule. Kentucky will only face one team next season that ranked in the "250 range" last season and Calipari says that team should be vastly improved this year.

"I am very conscious about strength of schedule," he said.




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