The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: The Kentucky Game, Tech’s Best Bowl Wins and More

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1) Which is the bigger program booster? beating Kentucky at Kentucky in basketball, or football winning the bowl game against Oklahoma State? – hokiehill1117

Chris Coleman: I would say winning the bowl game would help the football program more than winning the Kentucky game would help the basketball program.

On Dec. 19, 2015, Kentucky lost to Ohio State in basketball.  Where are the Buckeyes now?  They just fired Thad Matta in June, and Chris Holtmann left Butler to take over the program.  That win didn’t get the Buckeyes anything.  In fact, they only made the NIT the year they beat Kentucky. 

Baylor has also beaten Kentucky twice during non-conference play during the John Calipari era, and though the Bears are certainly a good program, winning those two games hasn’t changed the perception of the Baylor program or enhanced their recruiting.  In fact, I bet 90 percet of you reading this didn’t even realize that they beat Kentucky once, much less twice.  I know I didn’t, until I looked it up.

Virginia Tech will play 31 regular season games, at least one conference tournament game, and at least one other postseason game in the NCAA Tournament or NIT.  That’s at least 33 games on this year’s slate.  The Kentucky game is just one of them. 

Winning individual games doesn’t enhance a basketball program.