Kentucky will not face the Texas A&M Aggies on Tuesday night, John Calipari announced Saturday.
During a post-game interview with KSR’s Matt Jones on ESPN Radio, the UK head coach said the team’s game against Texas A&M has been canceled, marking the seventh consecutive postponement and / or cancellation for the Aggies.
“Now the game was canceled on Tuesday, so we have a couple left,” Calipari said. “I hope that next week we have a couple of league games that have been canceled at home.”
John Calipari just told me and @MedcalfByESPN on ESPN Radio that Tuesday’s UK-Texas A&M game has been canceled
– Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 20, 2021
Before the weekend, Texas A&M was forced to postpone six games in a row, with five delays resulting from positive COVID-19 test results, contact tracing and subsequent quarantine of people within the program.
Following Kentucky’s win in Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, Calipari did not seem optimistic that Tuesday night’s game would be played, adding that Britain will likely play three SEC games the final week of the season.
“Yes (we could add new games), but the challenge these kids just went through, I’m not sure we won’t take a couple of days to catch our breath,” Calipari said. “Then I tried to play A&M and South Carolina last week, where we got three games. Play in Mississippi, then two home games before our conference tournament. That is what I would like to do. These kids need a break, come on. They have been through a glove. “
If Calipari’s proposal goes through, Kentucky won’t play until Saturday, when the Wildcats take on the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena, followed by the team’s trip to Oxford, MS for a battle with Ole Miss on Tuesday, March 2. Then, per Calipari’s suggestion, the UK would fit into the Texas A&M and South Carolina catch-up games between March 3-7, giving Kentucky four more games on the schedule.
And then from there the UK will head to Nashville the following week for the SEC Tournament.
It will be a busy couple of weeks.