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John Calipari says it’s up to Louisville if the 2 schools want to play this season

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Calipari wants to play Louisville; says the ball is in Louisville’s court.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Kentucky at Louisville Photo by Chris Humphrey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Louisville Cardinals coach Chris Mack recently expressed his thoughts about potentially playing the Kentucky-Louisville game in Louisville with no fans in the stands.

Mack said there was no “equity” in playing the Wildcats in front of no fans, but then returning to Rupp Arena a year later and playing in front of over 21,000 fans.

John Calipari came out today and officially said that the ball was in Louisville’s court (no pun intended) if the two schools are going to play this season. Calipari said that the date and time have both been set, but said if the two schools don’t play, Kentucky has a backup team in place. There was no word on who the backup team would be, but it would presumably be another power-5 conference opponent.

“I’m not going to tell you what they’re thinking or what they’re doing,” Cal said. “I just know the terms of the contract. We go there and they come here next year. Does anybody really know what this virus is going to do? What if we’re in next year and we’re in the same boat? Then we’ve got them at home with no fans. We don’t know. This virus is running us. We are not running this virus. You’d have to talk to them.”

Calipari said the game is good for the state and he believes the game should be played.

So if the two schools end up not playing each other this season, just know that someone was scared to play Kentucky with no home-court advantage.