After dispatching Louisville last Saturday the Kentucky coaching staff immediately got out on the recruiting trail. The next tangible thing that fans could focus on was Kentucky’s bowl selection. Who and where were the Cats playing?
As always, speculation and rumors are rampant. Bowl selection was in flux up to the final moments.
For a time, it seemed as if the Gator Bowl versus Indiana was a lock.
Those rapid changes led to Kentucky prepping to go to Charlotte on December 31 12:00 noon against the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4, 5-3 ACC).
The Hokies most impressive win would be their 36-17 home victory over Wake Forest. Their most impressive showing would be their 21-20 loss at Notre Dame. Without a doubt this is going to be a great game with two successful teams facing off.
As for Charlotte itself, there’s lots of things to do in the times leading up to and after the game. It is a fun city to visit, I liken it to a slightly smaller Atlanta without all of the Atlanta traffic. There’s the popular NoDa arts district, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Discovery Zone and the NASCAR Hall of Fame to name a few. The Carowinds amusement park is also open in the afternoon evening hours if you want to try that.
There are lots of great places to eat but I have to put Mert’s Heart & Soul at the top of the list. I make sure to stop in there every time I’m in the Queen City.
After Kentucky’s bowl game, you could go and pull some BBN double duty and watch several NBA Cats do their thing up at the Spectrum Center. Enes Kanter and the Boston Celtics will be in town to face P.J. Washington, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk of the Charlotte Hornets. Tip off is set for 3:00 PM and it’s only 1.5 miles from Bank of America Stadium.
There’s lots of fun to be had and a win over the Hokies would be a great way to end the decade.
Vinny was born and raised in Lynch, KY and currently lives in Morristown, TN with his wife and two sons. In addition to UK, he’s a fan of the Atlanta Braves, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Rockets. He hosts Cats Talk Wednesday each Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM with Terry Brown on Blog Talk Radio.