Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
The Kentucky Wildcats start the season in New York against the Maryland Terrapins in the Barclays Center.
John Calipari's scheduling tactics give Kentucky a huge stage, but marquee games are no longer at Rupp Arena.
"For me, I like it. In general, I like the big events," Ables said. "Cowboys Stadium (in 2013) will be awesome. He's playing games in bigger venues for exposure."
And it's working. The Harrison twins (hopefully they need no introduction) will be playing in their home state in one of the largest sports venues in the country—in their freshman year. Some seniors never get that experience.
For Kentucky fans, though, the thought of games around the country is bittersweet.
"I'm right there with Paul on that. Cal has made the Kentucky program has this 'it' factor—some factor that everybody likes," Nafpliotis said. "As a fan that lives out of town, I get pride when I see Kentucky show up for a game in New York."
For the game in New York, we will see the new Wildcats play a team that is guaranteed to give the defending champions their best shot. Maryland has plenty of firepower and motivation (see: Harrison twins) to win.
Maryland has something to prove. The UK FCs agree: The game will be close—and could include a very ugly first half.
"The first half will be shaky," Ables said. He predicts a Kentucky win, 76-69.
"Maryland is better than people realize," Nafpliotis noted. He has the Wildcats winning 74-62.
My prediction: 67-60, Kentucky.