UK fans will not be able to watch their team play and enjoy the island of Maui. Coach John Calipari has his reasons for not making the November trip to the island and he has a better suggestion.
Next season the Wildcats will take on a challenging non conference basketball schedule that includes five teams from the 2013 NCAA and three from the NIT, including the champions of both tournaments. The Cats will play neutral court games against Michigan State, Providence and Baylor. But Kentucky will not make a trip to the Maui Invitational in November, the most prestigious early season tournament.
Coach John Calipari discussed his reasoning in an interview at WKYT. "It's not just Maui, it's any tournament that we have to be off campus three games, I mean we're just not doing it. At this point, where we are as a program, we've got better ways of using our financial wherewithal."
Calipari also threw out a suggestion for any fans who want to go. "And I would tell any of our fans that really want to go to Maui. Why don't we do a trip, Ellen and I will go with you. We don't have to bring the basketball team, Why have you got to bring the basketball team? We'll go vacation out there, maybe we'll go for four days, we'll have a couple dinners, a couple functions and come back. We don't need to bring the team with us."