Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie voiced his displeasure at the midnight EST tip-off for the game against Kansas State Friday night.
"I don't think that's any good," he said at a Wednesday news conference.
His objection was not necessarily because of the long wait Friday to play. "For the recovery for the next game," he said.
UK will play again on Saturday at 7:30 or 10:30 p.m. EST depending on the outcome Friday.
Why will Kentucky and Kansas State tip off so late?
Chris Spencer, the director of the Las Vegas Invitational, had a quick, easy-to-understand response.
"ESPN," he said.
The cable sports channel has used the same time window for the Las Vegas Invitational in the past. Florida and Kansas played at the same time in the 2006 championship game, and North Carolina and BYU did the same last year.
"I have no other answer for you," Spencer said.
ESPN spokesman Michael Humes called the midnight tip-off the "result of a busy slate of programming."
On Friday, the various ESPN channels are showing games in the Old Spice Classic, two NBA games (Heat-Suns, Mavs-Lakers) and a college football game (Fresno State-Boise State).
When asked earlier this month what he would be thankful for this Thanksgiving, Kentucky wing Ramon Harris mentioned his father. Eric Harris is part of the military operation in Iraq.
"Every day is a danger day for him," Harris said.
The UK player's parents divorced when he was a preschooler. He was raised by his mother, Carmen, and his stepfather, Bryant Bowles.
Harris kept in contact with his father, but that communication lessened during his father's ongoing hitch in Iraq.
"My dad keeps up (with UK basketball)," Harris said. "He tells me about my turnovers. He's always going to be dad. That's why I love my dad. He tries to be there for me."
Much as his summer trip to Africa for Athletes in Action opened his eyes to world conditions, Harris said his father's service in Iraq put Kentucky's 0-2 start to this basketball season in perspective.
Gillispie scoffed at his players' notion that UK can redeem its status after the loss to VMI by beating higher-profile opponents in Las Vegas.
"You can't get back what you lost," he said. "What you can do is improve on where you are today."
Turning philosophical, Gillispie repeated one of his sayings about life being 10 percent what happens and 90 percent how you deal with what happens.
"We have to handle things the right way win, lose or draw," he said. "I'm not into all that redeeming stuff."
Playing games in Las Vegas has raised the eyebrows of those who worry about the effects of gambling. When asked about concerns he might have for his players' conduct in Las Vegas, Gillispie said:
"You don't have to be in Vegas for that to be a concern. I'm very proud of the guys. They'll be responsible in every aspect. I know they will be (in Las Vegas) as well."
Gillispie said he anticipated a "business-first" approach.
As for team activities outside of basketball, Gillispie said he was only aware of a dinner outside the hotel on Wednesday night, when the team arrived.
Gillispie planned to be a shut-in. "I'm going to watch tape and figure out how we can get better," he said.