The Big 12/SEC challenge is scheduled to go down Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening. As of now, all games are going on as scheduled, besides Louisville’s clash with Boston College. We have just learned as well that Saturday night’s Big 12/SEC match-up between Kentucky and Texas has now been canceled. John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats are on a COVID-19 pause. This report was first made by Jon Rothstein.
Big 12/SEC Challenge Game Could have Helped Both Teams
For Texas, COVID-19 already struck the team earlier this week. Reports came out before their tilt with a red hot Oklahoma team that head coach Shaka Smart had tested positive for COVID-19. Texas being short-handed could have used this Kentucky matchup as a bounce-back game after the loss to the Sooners on Tuesday night.
Kentucky on the other hand needs as many games as possible. With those games, they need to beat a beefed-up opponent. Saturday was that opportunity for the Wildcats as they had an opportunity to take down the Longhorns in the Big 12/SEC challenge. With them being put on pause, however, it does not look good for Kentucky.
The Wildcats are sitting at an abysmal 5-10 record on the season and even before this Big 12/SEC challenge game with a #5 Texas, it was looking like Kentucky needed to win the SEC tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. Now, with them being on a pause due to Covid-19, it could be a long road ahead for this young team to get into the field of 68.
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