- Valparaiso Crusaders - December 7, 2016 - Rupp Arena - 8:00 PM EST - SEC Network
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — After some midweek uncertainty, John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats will be at full strength for their season opener.
Guards Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays will play Friday night in the season opener against Maryland. Coach Cal announced the news Friday after UK’s shoot-around at the Barclays Center.
What: No. 3/3 UK (0-0) vs. Maryland (0-0)
When: Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center (18,103)
Game notes: UK | Maryland
Feature: Questions abound for season opener
Video interviews: Cal, Poythress and Malone
Video: Cal discusses Barclays Center
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News: Noel, Poythress named All-SEC
Photo gallery: Big Blue in the Big Apple
Record: 17-15 last year
Head coach: Mark Turgeon (17-15 at Maryland)
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Player to watch: Dez Wells (9.8 points, 4.9 rebounds last year at Xavier)
Series history: 8-5
Last meeting: UK won 78-68 in the 2002 NCAA Tournament
“I’m happy that we’re full strength,” Coach Cal said. “I was a little worried that we were going to go in light.”
Mays, a transfer from Wright State, suffered a right leg strain in the exhibition win over Transylvania and did not practice Wednesday. Harrow, a sophomore guard, missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness.
Both participated in Thursday’s practice and Friday’s shoot-around.
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