Kentucky’s game against Texas A&M on February 23 has been officially postponed, the Southeastern Conference announced Saturday night.
Following John Calipari’s announcement that the Wildcats would not face the Aggies on Tuesday, the SEC confirmed the news, noting that the game was postponed due to a combination of positive tests, contact tracing, and subsequent quarantine of people within. from Texas. A&M men’s basketball program. The decision to postpone is consistent with the SEC COVID-19 management requirements.
The league has built-in payback dates scheduled for March 5-7 in the event games are postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols, but no payback date has been determined at this time. This is the second league game to be postponed, as the UK’s home game against South Carolina, originally scheduled for December 29, was also postponed.
“Now the game was canceled Tuesday, so we have a couple left,” Calipari said during a post-game interview with KSR’s Matt Jones on ESPN Radio. “I hope that next week we have a couple of league games that have been canceled at home.”
Under the NCAA Division I Council framework for this season’s programming, teams may play a maximum of 27 games (24 regular season games with a three-game multi-team event).
After Kentucky’s win at Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, he said the team was unlikely to face the Aggies on Tuesday, 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. “
Four games in eight days? Let’s do it.