Tuesday Headlines: Help Western Kentucky Edition

The state of Kentucky continues to amaze with its support for tornado victims in western Kentucky. After the Louisville Cardinals were forced to withdraw from their game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday due to COVID protocols, Kentucky worked tirelessly on the phones to find a replacement for their prime-time game.

While there were initial reports that Bellarmine as Louisville’s replacement, there were also rumors of Gonzaga – last year’s national championship finalist – potentially coming to Rupp Arena. However, neither has been the team Kentucky will play as a replacement. In fact, Kentucky will play the second best team in the state Wednesday night.

Matt Norlander first announced that the Wildcats will face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. EST. Coverage will be provided by ESPN and the two programs will work together to orchestrate tornado relief funds for the western region of the state.

WKU has confirmed that they have indeed called off their game with Austin Peay on Wednesday night to make this charitable opportunity a reality while also giving themselves the chance to play Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart took to Twitter to comment on Kentucky having to work to find back-to-back opponents (UNC last weekend in the CBS Sports Classic). While Kentucky won’t play their state rivals during Christmas week, the game’s charitable cause far outweighed the expected loss the Wildcats were prepared to hand over to the Cardinals.

The last time Kentucky faced Western Kentucky was in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. Kentucky of course won the game, 81-66, en route to their title with Anthony Davis and company.

Why are field goals no longer a priority for some teams?

Cats to face WKU as replacement opponent for Louisville – Cats Illustrated

It’s not Louisville … but the cause is more important than the game.

Scott Davenport says UK will play Bellarmine in 2022-2023 – Kentucky Sports Radio

This is excellent for the Bellarmine program.

Does Levis tweet hint at Kentucky return for 2022 – Cats Illustrated

It was incredible news.

John Robic is no longer with British basketball, his wife announces – Kentucky Sports Radio

Sad and surprised to hear this.

Calipari wants his team to have a good heart like Mookie Betts – Vaught’s Views

It was a cool story from Saturday’s press conference.

Iowa’s disciplined defense will be tough challenge for UK – Kentucky Sports Radio

Especially without Josh Ali and Isaiah Epps.

The UK has a precedent of players not retiring from the game of bowls – Vaught’s Views

Winning culture.

Cal also spoke with Gonzaga, Texas and OSU before WKU – Kentucky Sports Radio

Gonzaga in Rupp Arena would have been an amazing time.

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