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NY Post Confirms: Providence vs Kentucky in Brooklyn December 1

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It what will certainly be the most anticipated out of conference game for Providence in years, the New York Post has confirmed that the Friars will be taking on John Calipari and Kentucky at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn next season.  The game will be played on December 1 in the arena that seats nearly 18,000 fans.

Some believe Calipari’s 2013 recruiting class (next year’s freshmen) have the potential to be the top haul of the past 30 years.  He’s already locked down four of ESPNU’s top 11 players in the class of 2013, a group highlighted by the outstanding Harrison brothers (Andrew and Aaron) of Texas.

What’s more, Kentucky is one of a handful of schools still in the hunt for the class’s top prospect, Canadian small forward Andrew Wiggins, who some scouts feel is the best high school product since Lebron James.  Kentucky is also one of only four schools being considered by 6’9 power forward Julius Randall of Dallas, TX who is ESPN’s 3rd rated player in the class.

There’s a chance that Kentucky’s lowest rated recruit in 2013 will be California power forward Marcus Lee, who is ranked 18th by ESPN.  By landing Wiggins and Randall, Calipari would welcome an astounding seven of the top 18 players in the class of 2013.

Look for Kentucky to be ranked #1 in the country by many publications heading into the 2013-14 season.

From the Post:

Sources tell The Post Barclays Center has secured long-term, exclusive commitments from Kentucky and Maryland to play annual games at the new arena in Brooklyn.

The sources said both schools have agreed to separate two-year rollover deals that will keep them coming back to Barclays for years to come.

The Wildcats will play Providence on Dec. 1. Maryland’s date and opponent are yet to be determined, but the source said it will be a national profile team from a power conference.

Kentucky and Maryland christened the college basketball schedule at Barclays on Nov. 9 with a thrilling game in which the Wildcats edged the Terps 72-69 before a sellout crowd of 17,732.

The sources said Barclays also is in negotiations to bring several other programs currently ranked in the Top 10 to Brooklyn next season.

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