UK's Calipari on Thursday-Saturday format

Kentucky coach John Calipari knows the new Thursday-Saturday schedule that Southeastern Conference teams will face occasionally this year could pose problems for a team.

Kentucky coach John Calipari knows the new Thursday-Saturday schedule that Southeastern Conference teams will face occasionally this year could pose problems for a team.

"The only thing is if other guy doesn't play on Thursday and you do and you play him on Saturday, it is a big advantage for him. We are playing Tennessee and they play on a Tuesday and we play Thursday-Saturday. We are at a big, big disadvantage. People say why do that. Well, when you are trying to do these TV things, that's part of what the option is. They say, ‘Then don't go out TV.' But no, I guess I will play Thursday-Saturday if that means getting on TV," Calipari said.

The Kentucky coach said teams might prepare early for the Saturday game depending on who they play on Thursday. Kentucky will face South Carolina at home at 9 p.m. Feb. 25 and then play at Tennessee at noon Feb. 27.

"Sometimes that week before you will throw in some things that they (players) don't know what you are doing drill-wise. Then when you hit Friday, you tell them the drills we were doing were for this game but I didnt want you to think about that," Calipari said. "We prepare pretty much the same for every game.

"They never get a scouting report and will never watch video of the other team until the pregame meal. They may watch them on TV, but they will never watch a highlight tape that we put together until the pregame meal. Then the stuff we do, the coaches do. If we are playing Alabama, the coaches will walk through Alabama's stuff, not the players. They will know what they need to know and nothing more."


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