Trip to Boise has been good so far for Calipari and the Cats


Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to media during Kentucky’s open practice on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Kentucky will play Davidson in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 15. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

The NCAA Tournament is a new experience for the UK team full of freshmen, and so is the city that they’ll be playing their first rounds of the tournament in. 

UK has been in Boise, Idaho, for a little over 24 hours, and while fans traveling to the game have spent the downtime touring the city, the Cats have spent their time preparing for Davidson.

“It’s great being here so far, we have been practicing already,” PJ Washington said. “We’re just basically ready to play. We’re happy to be here.”

Washington also said the team hasn’t gone out to see Boise, and the only thing they’ve done is go out to dinner. Besides that, they’ve had a lot of time to fill.

“The restaurant we ate at was pretty good, that’s about it,” Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We didn’t do too much.”

While the players appear to be having a hard time finding things to do in between the practices and meals, head coach John Calipari has found plenty of entertainment in Boise.

“We went to Owyhee Tavern last night, had a great meal,” Calipari said. “Stopped at a couple of Catholic churches in town, and then we went to DK’s Donuts.”

DK’s Donuts, which is located around two miles away from Taco Bell Arena, has certainly been the highlight for Calipari so far in his trip to Boise.

“It was unbelievable. Here’s what I did, I looked at them and I went, ‘Oh, my gosh,’” Calipari said. 

Calipari, who mentioned many times that he wasn’t a donut fan, would go on to share the experience he had at DK’s Donuts and the different types of donuts he tried. 

The first donut Calipari tried was a bacon donut, which Calipari admitted tasted good. However, Calipari’s favorite donut might have been one with chocolate and maple on it. 

“And then I did the bowtie that had the chocolate and maple together dripping off of it. Is anybody getting hungry right now?” Calipari said. “There was so much sugar that I won’t sleep tonight.”

Calipari not sleeping tonight might be a good thing for the Cats, as they should have plenty of film to watch tonight on Davidson. The Wildcats from North Carolina present a real challenge to UK, and they could pull off the upset if they have their way.

“They’re going to take 30 3-point shots. If they make 20, it has been a heck of a season for us,” Calipari said.