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John Calipari gives update on Big Z and the NCAA’s issue with stipends he received

The NCAA remains the worst.

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The Kentucky Wildcats played their 14th game of the season Tuesday night when they hosted the Missouri Tigers at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats captured their fifth consecutive win by a score of 90-77 over Missouri, as well as their second straight win to start Southeastern Conference play.

While Kentucky continues to look like one of the best teams in the country, they’re still playing without their highly-coveted big man — Zvonimir Ivisic — and aren’t quite sure when he will be able to play.

Ivisic returned back home to Croatia over the holidays to be with his family, and his departure from Lexington left questions of whether he would even return, given how the NCAA has stalled his approval of being eligible to play for Kentucky.

However, Ivisic did return to Lexington and is happy to be with his teammates. He’s been on the bench ever since, hoping that the NCAA will eventually rule him eligible to play.

So, what exactly is the holdup? During a recent appearance on Mike Krzyzewski’s podcast, Calipari gave an update on what the issue is.

Apparently, it has to do with stipends Z received while playing with a Croatian professional team before coming to Kentucky.

The value of said stipends? A mere few hundred dollars.

“He (Ivisic) made a stipend, and you’re (the NCAA) saying it was too much of a stipend? Juniors in high school and seniors in high school are making hundreds of thousands (of dollars), and you’re talking about his $200? A stipend of $200 is too much, or $300, whatever it was?

“We’ve got to move on with the times and what’s going on right now.”

If Big Z doesn’t get to play in a Kentucky Basketball uniform because of a few hundred dollars...