Report: Kentucky 'open' to playing Murray State in basketball


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Murray State and Kentucky have never played each other in basketball. The two schools have combined for about 3,500 wins -- yet none of those wins have come against each other.

Wednesday morning, it appeared we might finally be moving toward that first-ever game.

Matt Jones, the owner of, reported on his daily radio show Kentucky was "open" to playing Murray State next season.  Jones' sources said John Calipari was interested in playing one game next year at Rupp Arena.

We reached out to Murray State coach Steve Prohm via text.  When we asked if Kentucky had reached out to him to try to schedule a game for next season, Prohm said no.  When asked if he was open to a discussion about playing or if it was something we could rule out before everybody got excited, Prohm was a little more direct in a text message.  "There's nothing to it.  We're almost done (with our schedule)."

So it appears the game won't happen next season.  If you're looking for a silver lining, at least there was some level of discussion about getting this game to finally happen -- but fans will have to continue to wait.

In other news out of Murray State, Steve Prohm confirmed freshmen Jaylen Bland and Harley Nussman will be transferring out of the program.  Both saw limited action last season, combining to average about two points a game.  Prior to them announcing they were leaving, the Racers had 15 players for only 13 scholarships next year.  That problem has now been resolved.

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