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By MIKE MARSEE
UK basketball coach John Calipari was in Danville at Boyle County High School Monday for one of his summer satellite camps, and he granted exclusive interview time with vaughtsviews to discuss newcomers to the team, the NBA draft and other topics. Here’s part 3 of the interview:
Question: Will the expanded Southeastern Conference schedule present more of a challenge this season, and could there even be league games played in December?
Calipari: “I don’t know about that, but it will be more of a challenge because you’re talking about two NCAA tournament teams in Missouri and Texas A&M added to our schedule, one at home and one on the road. We still have the (SEC/)Big East Challenge, so that gives us a 19th league game out of 30 games.
“Then you start talking, ‘Well, you’ve got a home-and-home with another two,’ so now you’re talking 21, 22. And now you add some exempt games, and you have three games. So now you’re at 25, 26 games. Wait a minute, who are we supposed to beat here? I mean, it’s not easy when you start racking up those numbers.
“So we’ve got a tough schedule, as tough as we always do, and the league schedule’s gotten harder. The Big East challenge is hard, it’s at Notre Dame, they have a winning streak there, they don’t lose at home. It’ll be a tough road for us.”
Question: What do you expect the atmosphere to be like at the Kentucky-Duke game Nov. 13 in Atlanta?
Calipari: “I think it’ll be crazy. Atlanta’s been good to us. New Orleans has been good to us. They’re good places for our fans to go. Indianapolis is a great place for our fans to go, St. Louis is a great place for our fans to go. I’m thinking Dallas is going to be an outstanding place for our fans to go spend a weekend.”