UK working on first-ever game in Oregon

Kentucky intends to play what what appears would be the program’s first game in the state of Oregon.

On an appearance on a Portland, Ore., radio station Friday, UK Coach John Calipari said he was working on a game in the Rose Garden (home of the Portland TrailBlazers) next season. The game would be played on Nov. 19, in part, as a way to break up the trip to Hawaii for the 2010 Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24).

Of course, the game would also serve as something of a homecoming for incoming UK freshman Terrence Jones.

Calipari declined to say who Kentucky would play. But UK appears well on the way to finalizing an agreement to play the University of Portland.

It does not appear that Kentucky has ever played in Oregon. The Cats have not played in Oregon for the NCAA nor NIT tournaments.

Kentucky has a 6-0 record in games against Oregon (1-0), Oregon State (3-0), Portland (1-0) and Portland State (1-0). All six games were played in Lexington.

Here’s the quote from Calipari on Portland radio station 95.5 The Fan:

“. . . our plan right now is to come and play in the Rose Garden in November of next season.  So the beginning of the season we will bring our team out to Portland to play for a game in the Rose Garden.  We are playing in Hawaii.”

Calipari noted that the game in Portland would allow Jones to play in his hometown.

“So on the way to Hawaii we will stop in Portland and play and let all of their fans and his fans get a chance to see him in a setting with us…” the UK coach said.

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#1 Chris Carrier on 05.25.10 at 10:52 am

Portland was a tough team early last year, beating UCLA and Minnesota before taking their first loss of the year to WVU. I wouldn’t assume this will be a cakewalk.