|Saturday, December 31
12:00 p.m. ET
|TV: CBS Sports
Radio: UK Sports Network
Saturday is the final day of 2022 and Kentucky head coach John Calipari already has taxes on his mind. But the taxes Calipari wants to talk about have nothing to do with income, property or sales tax. Instead, it's the kind of theoretical “tax” one pays for being at Kentucky.
“All of this stuff outside the program that goes on here, what's said and all that stuff, that's a tax that you pay to be here. You want to be at Kentucky? Here's the tax. When it doesn't go right, here's what you deal with. And that includes me. I've been paying taxes for a long time.”
That includes criticism in the media and on social media that comes with both wins and losses. And with the Cats having lost two of their last three, those “taxes” are being collected quite often.
Now, Kentucky faces archrival Louisville on Saturday at Rupp Arena (Noon ET, CBS). The Cats and the Big Blue Nation would like nothing more than to see their favorite team pound their least favorite squad on New Year's Eve. But Calipari warns that the Cardinals are improving and that they will come to play.
“They're coming in with the mentality that they're going to win the game,” Calipari said. “It's going to be a war, don't think it's going to be anything easy.”
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.