UK Women's Basketball

Here's why Kentucky's men's, women's games will collide on Friday night

Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (5) put up a jumper as Kentucky played Pikeville  on Thursday November 6, 2014  in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (5) put up a jumper as Kentucky played Pikeville on Thursday November 6, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Basketball scheduling abnormalities led to a real anomaly: Kentucky's men's and women's teams opening at home on the same night within an hour of each other. Friday's University of Kentucky men's game versus Grand Canyon as part of the Cawood Ledford Classic was scheduled months ago to be shown on the SEC Network at 8 p.m.

UK's women's team wanted to get in a game before it took part in the ESPN Tipoff Classic marathon on Monday versus No. 8 Baylor, so it also wanted to play Friday night.

The UK women went with a 7 p.m. start versus Appalachian State in Memorial Coliseum.

UK officials discussed moving the women's game to 6 p.m. so it wouldn't be in direct conflict with the men, but several of the women's players had afternoon classes, and pregame activities would've interfered with them.

"So it was totally our choice and we had the flexibility to move it to 6, but we didn't because of the classes," UK spokesman Dewayne Peevy explained.

The women's game will be shown on SEC Network Plus — available only on computer, smartphone and tablet at SECNetwork.com or WatchESPN.

Because of the conflict with the men's game, the women's game will be on WWTF-1580 AM instead of the main UK radio network.

"Sometimes these things are unavoidable," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "So fortunate that the network put it on at 8 p.m., so we've got a little room there."

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