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Kentucky set to host Detroit Mercy next season, per report

The return.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 09 Detroit at Cleveland State Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Brad Calipari (and hopefully his swaggy outfits) will make his long-awaited return to Rupp Arena next season.

According to The D1 Docket, Kentucky will host Brad and his Detroit Mercy Titans next season in Lexington. The report also mentions it’s part of a round-robin series that includes the Richmond Spiders, another non-conference opponent Kentucky will host during the 2020-21 college hoops season.

After spending three years at Kentucky as a walk-on playing for his father, Brad opted to transfer last summer before landing at Detroit. He saw action in 27 games, earning six starts, and posted 6.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. He led the team in three-point shooting percentage (38%) and was 70.8% at the free-throw line (17-of-24).

Detroit finished the season at 8-23 overall and 6-12 in Horizon League play. They are coached by former Indiana head coach Mike Davis.

Speaking of father-son connections, Mike’s son, Antoine Davis, was arguably the best player in the Horizon League last season, averaging 24.3 points and 4.5 assists per game. That included a 43-point outburst vs. IUPU, as well as a 48-point outing vs. Wright State as a freshman, so he’ll be one to watch for if Detroit does in fact play in Rupp Arena next season.

In 2019-20, Davis set an NCAA freshman record with 132 three-pointers, breaking the previous freshman record set by Davidson’s Steph Curry 12 years earlier. So yeah, that boy can play, so this should be a fun one in Rupp if it comes to fruition.

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