I heard a lot of radio banter about the University of Kentucky's home basketball schedule and its lack of glamor games as I drove around town today.
It is, it should be noted, perhaps the traditional slowest sports news week of the year in these parts. Still, for UK, no marquee game in Rupp Arena, the absence of the Indiana rivalry, the lack of the traditional neutral-site game in Louisville, all of these are noteworthy.
But they're hardly headlines.
For starters, the schedule still is tough enough. UK will play Duke and Maryland on neutral courts and at Louisville and at Notre Dame.
There are worse non-conference schedules. We're talking to you, Syracuse.
Point: strength of schedule is rarely a key determinant in the national champion. Your schedule doesn't have to be the best, it just has to be good enough. It's far more important for your team to be good than your schedule to be great.
Second, this year could be called a correction, if you will. North Carolina comes back next season. After that, you figure the least Rupp fans will get is North Carolina and Louisville in alternate years.
There might not be much more than that. Don't like it? I suspect John Calipari will encourage you to tell it to his friend, Mr. NCAA Championship Trophy? Have you held it, by any chance?
Look, I was on record as saying UK should've just continued with IU home-and-home and been done with it. But I don't think one or two tougher games in Rupp are going to be the difference between making the Final Four and bowing out early.
I suppose the Rupp season-ticket holders have a beef. But nobody else should.
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