Kentucky men’s basketball finalizes remainder of non-conference schedule


The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team beat Serbia’s Mega Bemax 100-64 at the Atlantis Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Saturday, August11, 2018. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Kernel Sports Staff

With the addition of six teams, the Kentucky men’s basketball’s remaining non-conference schedule has been released, and it’s quite possibly toughest schedule the Cats have seen in a while.

Southern Illinois will visit the bluegrass to kick-start Kentucky’s home schedule on Nov. 9. North Dakota, Virginia Military Institute, Winthrop and Tennessee State will go against Kentucky in the Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase at Rupp Arena November 14-23.

The in-state rival Louisville game has been set for Dec. 29 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.

Sixteen of Kentucky’s overall 26 scheduled opponents played in the 2017-2018 postseason. Twelve were in the NCAA Tournament.

“This could be the most difficult schedule we’ve played in my time here,” UK head coach John Calipari said in a UK press release. “The only teams we left off were the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Calipari said the goal in creating a schedule is “to test our team while creating opportunities to learn and grow.” 

“This one will have more than its fair share of challenges, but my hope is that be season’s end, as we enter the tournament, we are prepared to play anyone and face anything a team tries to throw at us,” Calipari said. 

In addition, three of UK’s scheduled opponents made it to the Sweet 16 or better.

Read the full press release here.

Find Kentucky’s full schedule here.