Kentucky Basketball Is Heading North

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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The fans of “Big Blue Nation” will get a sneak peak at their beloved 2010-2011 Wildcats as they head to Canada for a three-day exhibition playing against University of Windsor and the Western Mustangs.

This preview should prove to be interesting and will give us our first good look at a team that has been completely remodeled since last season. The competition shouldn’t be too difficult for the Wildcats.

The University of Windsor, also known as the Lancers, finished the 2009-2010 season with a record of 22-9 and lost in the quarterfinals of their year-end tournament.

Last season, The Lancers also tested the NCAA waters by hosting an exhibition similar to this against the Ohio State Buckeyes. They played the Buckeyes in two games, the first they lost 39-90, and the second was a little bit more respectable but they also lost, 47-89. They seem to be one of the better teams in Canada but compared to the talent in the States, that’s not saying much.

The Western Mustangs are a little bit worse. They also played Ohio State last season and lost, 68-103. They ended last season with a record of 12-11. Both teams will surely get some enjoyment out of playing the Wildcats and John Calipari will be able to work with his young squad to try and get them prepared for in-game situations.

The Wildcats will have to come a long way if they are looking to be as successful as last year's team, a team that lost eight players: five to the NBA and three to graduation. Odds are the team this year will not be as glorified as the 2009-2010 team but will be special in its own ways. Enes Kanter will be the only face missing from the trip because he is yet to be cleared to play by the NCAA. There has been recent talk as to whether Terrence Jones will be able to showcase his talents due to an ankle sprain.

Assuming those two are unable to play, fans will still get to see the likes of Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, Eloy Vargas, and Stacey Poole. For Canadian fans, they will get a chance to see what the No. 1 recruiting class in college basketball looks like. This will be a very good early season matchup for all three teams as they will be able to see what their respected teams will be bringing to the court in 2010-2011.