“I had 10 children that had to eat,” said John Calipari during the UK Alumni luncheon in Louisville. The platoon system was based on what’s right for his players, said the UK basketball coach. “Every decision we make is based on these kids.”LEXINGTON, Ky. – In an unusual move, Kentucky basketball will play what is essentially a road game against a team from a non-power conference next season.Hofstra announced Friday that the Wildcats will help christen renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, former home of the ABA and NBA’s New York Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders, on Dec. 10, 2016. It will be the first sporting event in the 43-year-old building since its $260 million face lift.While not Hofstra’s home arena, it is located less than half a mile from the school’s campus. The renovation is being completed by the same group that developed Brooklyn’s palatial Barclays Center, with whom UK coach John Calipari has a strong relationship.“I wanted Kentucky to play in the first college basketball game at the renovated Long Island arena, because I know what the venue’s resurgence will mean for the area,” Calipari said in a news release back in March, before his opponent for the game was set. “We played in the first college basketball game at Barclays Center, and the atmosphere was incredible. I expect the same kind of intensity on Long Island, which is going to attract powerhouse teams from around the country and turn what will be a spectacular building into a hub for exciting college basketball.”Four Cats make coaches’ preseason All-SECThat game adds to a 2016-17 non-conference schedule for the Cats that already includes Michigan State in New York, North Carolina in Las Vegas, UCLA at home and Louisville on the road. Hofstra lost in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational to end last season and last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2001.“This is a wonderful opportunity for our men’s basketball program and the entire university community,” athletic director Jeffrey A. Hathaway said in the school’s news release. “We are thrilled to be part of bringing Kentucky to Long Island for a great day of collegiate basketball.”In the same release, Pride coach Joe Mihalich said the staff and team are thrilled for “the opportunity to compete against a legendary program like Kentucky.”UK provided Calipari’s reaction to learning his team’s opponent for the game next winter.“Ever since my good friend Joey Dunleavy was an assistant for Coach (Butch) Van Breda Kolff, I’ve been a fan of Hofstra,” he said in a statement. “Great school, great tradition and history.”Sign up to get more like this free in your inbox Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Email him at [email protected] .