Good Question: How is it that the Cat's are getting to play this early?

Normally this time of year UK fans are gearing up for the start of football, but with the basketball Cats hitting the hardwood in Canada for three games life is good for fans!

The official start of the basketball practice season begins at Midnight Madness in October.

Good Question: How is it that the Cat's are getting to play this early?

What UK basketball fans are being treated to right now in Canada can only happen once every four years.

NCAA rules say teams have to wait until October to practice with coaches.

Normally this time of year its just pickup games and individual workouts for players, but by playing outside of the states the Wildcats get the chance to practice early.

This trip to Canada gave them ten extra practice sessions with coach.

" For us getting here was easy, I wanted those 10 practice days and then I wanted to go somewhere where it wasn't going to be expensive," said Coach John Calipari.

While these games may get fans hyped early, its a way for Coach Cal and his staff to get an early assessment of just what they have to work with.

Coach Cal said he chose Canada simply because the trip wouldn't be expensive, telling reporters the trip cost $35,000 total.

He says its not only an investment in the future of the team, but one for the entire university as well.

"To think about nationally televised six hour infomercial for our university for $35,000 usually that's about 12 million so for us it was well invested money. It gave us a chance to learn about our team," said Coach Cal.

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