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Thursday / October 22.
  • Kentucky looking to move Holiday Hoopsgiving, host MTE in November

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    As Kentucky looks to rebuild its non-conference schedule, the Wildcats are looking to move their Holiday Hoopsgiving game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta to Dec. 5 or 6 from Nov. 27, sources said.

    Kentucky was originally slated to play UAB Dec. 6, but that game may be canceled or postponed.

    The Georgia Tech game was originally a stand-alone contest within the Hoopsgiving event, but sources said the event is also looking to create a bubble from Dec. 10-17 with games added from what was originally slated.

    As previously reported by Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com, Kentucky is looking to host a multi-team event Nov. 27 with Richmond and Detroit-Mercy, and possibly Hartford, sources confirmed. Brad Calipari, the son of Kentucky coach John Calipari, is now at Detroit-Mercy.

    “We have to make sure that we’re taking care of some of the smaller schools that are missing out on buy games that could end their program,” Calipari said on a recent Andy Katz podcast, via KSR.

    “Those are scholarships for kids. My son goes to Detroit. I don’t want that program to say, ‘Okay, we’re done. We can’t operate.’ How we do that, the three of us have talked. How do we come up with something? Is it push it forward? Is it give them a percentage by coming in all together and we’ll play it together and you get something to where they can be involved in this. I don’t have the answer to all that, but I think that’s one of the things we have to talk about.”

    As for the Champions Classic featuring Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Michigan State, that will likely be played sometime between Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Katz reported. The event was originally slated for Nov. 10 in Chicago, but the NCAA recently announced the season will begin Nov. 25.

    Kentucky’s Dec. 12 game with Notre Dame at Rupp Arena remains on, sources said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.