Travis Ford and UMass will not be playing Kentucky this season.
May 21, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The men's basketball game between the University of Kentucky and University of Massachusetts originally scheduled for Nov. 24, 2007 at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden has been cancelled as Kentucky has withdrawn from the game. The Wildcats will pay a $50,000 buyout fee to not play the game. All tickets purchased will be refunded.
"We are very disappointed that Kentucky has chosen to pay the cancellation fee," said UMass Director of Athletics John McCutcheon. "We are extremely frustrated in light of the fact that they are pulling out at such a late date and with thousands of tickets sold already. Kentucky was fully aware that we were selling tickets. We have tried to accommodate them in every way including moving the date of the game (originally scheduled on Dec. 22) to a date they agreed to. It is very unprofessional to treat a fellow institution in this fashion, it is very problematic.
"After we played at Rupp Arena last year, we were very excited to play Kentucky in Boston as the second game of the contract. Now they have chosen to exercise the clause to cancel the game. We are very frustrated that we will not be able to play this game, against a marquee team, in Boston -- where we have a very large alumni and fan base."
Last season, the Minutemen traveled to Lexington and lost to the Wildcats, 82-68 on Dec. 22, 2006.
"We will continue to seek high quality opponents to fill out the remaining openings we have on the 2007-08 schedule," said McCutcheon. "But at this late date it is becoming increasingly difficult."
Refunds will be processed at the original point of purchase. If tickets were purchased at the box office, they should be returned to the box office. Telephone/Internet tickets through Ticketmaster will be refunded automatically.