On the identical day that the Kentucky males’s basketball workforce had to postpone its Wednesday matchup with rival Louisville due to a COVID-19 outbreak throughout the Cardinals’ program, the Wildcats have shortly discovered a alternative opponent—and a worthy trigger to play for.
Kentucky will play Western Kentucky as a substitute in a game that may raise cash for tornado relief after a devastating tornado ravaged the area earlier this month, the school announced Monday. Information of the game was initially reported by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
“We had been all upset to be taught we can’t have the opportunity to play Louisville on Wednesday, however I’m thrilled we had been in a position to come collectively shortly and put this game collectively for everybody on this state,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari stated. “I need to thank Western Kentucky for working with us on brief discover. Not solely will this be an excellent take a look at for our workforce, however we shall be in a position to present assist to the Western Kentucky area and elevate the spirits of some particular individuals who really want it.”
Calipari has contributed to the relief trigger, visiting survivors and donating sneakers alongside former Wildcats participant Darius Miller on Sunday. He is additionally teamed with Charlotte-based nonprofit Samaritan’s Toes to assist safe 10,000 pairs of sneakers to donate to victims, according to Olivia Krauth of The Courier-Journal.
Western Kentucky scored a serious win on Saturday by beating Louisville at house, 82-72. After the game, Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury stated he was enthusiastic about how his workforce carried out, however his coronary heart was nonetheless with the individuals in the neighborhood who’ve been impacted by the tragedy.
“On the finish of the day, lots of pleasure out right here. A whole lot of pleasure. However it’s nonetheless a game, man. It’s a game,” Stansbury stated, per The Courier-Journal‘s Brett Dawson. “Once you drive out of right here, a few of you people that haven’t seen some issues, drive by a few of these communities. See how our communities obtained destroyed.”
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