With a team so new, so inexperienced, any additional minute of available practice time is a valuable one for Kentucky.
Which is why coach John Calipari supports a proposed NCAA rule change that would move up the start date for full-length practices by two weeks.
"I like it," Calipari told ESPN's Andy Katz. "What we're about to undertake has never been done before -- to bring in a group like this. They recruited each other. We've got a great staff, but they recruited each other. It took the Miami Heat two years to do what they did. We've got to do it in three months. We'll have the summer, but we could have used a foreign trip with this group."
The Wildcats are not eligible for a foreign trip because they're only allowed once every four years -- and Kentucky took one three years ago in 2010-11 with the Brandon Knight-led team.
Calipari also said that, while the earlier start date would allow season-opening practice events like Midnight Madness to be held earlier, he plans on keeping Big Blue Madness in mid-October.