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UK vs. Louisville nixed: Replacement to be announced on John Calipari radio show

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Plus a look at the teams Kentucky has attempted to schedule, including Wisconsin and Gonzaga.

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UPDATE 3

Kentucky’s new opponent will be announced tonight during John Calipari’s call-in show.

You can stream the show below starting at 6 pm ET.

Finally, The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker adds that Texas and Wisconsin are among the teams Kentucky has tried to schedule this week.


UPDATE 2

According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Kentucky vs. Bellarmine is unlikely to happen.

In addition, Jones reports that Gonzaga, Florida State and UConn are among the teams Kentucky has looked into playing instead.

Give Kentucky credit for at least trying to find a marquee team to play on short notice.


UPDATE

Shortly after word came out that the Kentucky Wildcats will not be facing the Louisville Cardinals this week, sources started to come out that another school inside the city of Louisville might be making the trip to Lexington instead.

According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, Bellarmine is the team that is trending to be the replacement for the Cards.

It has also been reported by Kyle Tucker of The Athletic that Kentucky is looking for a “name brand” opponent to take the place of Louisville, and that the Knights could be a second option.

We will have more updates throughout the day of this fluid situation.


For the second straight week, the Kentucky Wildcats have had a game affected by COVID-19.

Last week, it was the CBS Sports Classic matchup with Ohio State that got nixed due to COVID-19 issues within the Buckeyes’ program. Thankfully, Kentucky quickly got a replacement game vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels, and you know how that went.

Now, Kentucky’s annual rivalry game vs. the Louisville Cardinals has been called off. COVID-19 issues in the Cardinals’ program is the culprit.

This doesn’t come as a real surprise after Louisville had COVID-19 issues last week, which included star center Malik Williams missing Saturday’s loss to Western Kentucky due to COVID-19 protocols.

We’re seeing COVID-19 cause tons of postponements and cancellations across sports, namely the NBA and college basketball. It’s gotten so bad that Kentucky point guard Sahvir Wheeler admitted Saturday that “this could be a last game for a while” in reference to the team’s win over North Carolina.

Kentucky has since announced that it’s looking for a replacement opponent to play this week.

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