LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK ATHLETICS/WYMT) – The UK Sports Network, in partnership with sister station WKYT, the official station of UK Athletics, aired an exclusive behind-the-scenes television special of Kentucky men’s basketball’s road trip to Mississippi State on Saturday.
“Beyond the Bench: On the Road with Kentucky Basketball,” presented by Toyota, will air again Thursday night at 7 p.m. on WYMT and Friday night at 7 p.m. on our second channel, Heroes & Icons. Additional coverage will be provided by UK Sports Network statewide local affiliates and regional partners such as Fox Sports South.
As the official UK television partner, WKYT and anchor Sam Dick were granted insider access to follow along with the Cats on their road trip to Starkville, Mississippi, for the Feb. 9 game against Mississippi State as the Cats edged out a close 71-67 victory over the Bulldogs.
“Beyond the Bench: On the Road with Kentucky Basketball” will provide viewers an inside look at everything that goes into making a UK road trip a successful one, including the team flight, team meals, shootaround, equipment managers prepping, locker-room access, exclusive interviews with head coach John Calipari and more.
“As I told Sam when we were doing the special, we try to make every road trip as routine as possible to prepare our kids,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “What we maybe take for granted is how much preparation we put into each game and how focused our kids have to be for each and every game, especially when you’re everyone’s Super Bowl. When WKYT and the UK Sports Network approached us about doing this, I thought this might be a neat deal to show our fans what we do week in and week out in the SEC.”
You can watch the full episode below. (If you are viewing on a mobile app, click the link to view in a web browser.)