Calipari says Allen Fieldhouse is much louder than Rupp Arena


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Kentucky coach John Calipari joked Friday that Kansas had lost three home games in 10 years when asked how hard it might be to win at Allen Fieldhouse tonight.

“You have really good players. You have really good fans that push you over the top many times. You have a team that’s comfortable in that environment. I think that’s both schools. To win those kinds of games as an opponent you’ve got to be careful of runs and 3’s,” Calipari said. “A team like that can score a bunch in 12, 15 seconds, and that’s what you’ve got to guard against.

“Really in a game like this you’re just trying to give yourself a chance to win the game. You’re not trying to go and blow anybody out because it’s just unusual.”

Of course, UK did just that to Kansas last November.

” I think Bill (Self) is not going to make anything personal because he knows if he does that your team can’t win the game when it becomes a personal thing. But he will remind them that a different Kentucky team got them pretty good last year,” Calipari said. ” I’m not worried about last year’s game; that’s totally different.

“We’re going into a hostile environment. I’m going to tell you, our building, I can remember when we played North Carolina here and we won on the last play, and I’ll tell you it was so loud. Allen Fieldhouse is louder. Like, much louder. And it literally moves you. If you’re standing and they really get loud, it will move you. I was there. I coached there and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can feel it.’ It’s like you’re at a concert and you’re near the bass. Boom! Boom! You feel it. I mean that’s how it is there.

“It’ll be interesting for these guys, especially these young guys, to walk in and to feel it. I love the tradition of it. I’ll go through (the arena). Our people need to go out to look at it and see how they have it set up because it’s really neat.”

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