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Sunday / October 25.
  • John Calipari responds to Chris Mack, says Kentucky is ‘prepared’ to play at Louisville

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kentucky coach John Calipari has responded to Chris Mack’s equivocation about playing the annual rivalry game this year.

    Asked by John Fanta if the game will happen this year, Mack said, “I don’t know.”

    “Where is the equity of Kentucky coming here in front of no fans and then having to go back to Rupp Arena in front of 21,000 fans?” Mack asked. “But I recognize and we recognize the best rivalry in all of college basketball. If there was somehow we could do this at a neutral site, again that’s without talking to Kentucky and what their scheduling holds.”

    Kentucky and Louisville have met 53 times and Kentucky leads 37-16, including two NCAA Tournament games. Kentucky won last year’s game 78-70 at Rupp.

    In other scheduling news, the SEC announced it will play an 18-game schedule over 20 dates beginning Dec. 29-30, and that the SEC/Big 12 Challenge will begin in late January.

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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.