Despite no one truly knowing when sports will return, the Kentucky Wildcats are still planning out their 2020-21 Basketball schedule.
Monday, UK announced six non-conference games that are officially scheduled.
Here’s the full list and what to know about each matchup:
- Kansas – Nov. 10 | United Center (Chicago) | Champions Classic
- Georgia State – Nov. 20 | Rupp Arena
- Georgia Tech – Nov. 27 | State Farm Arena (Atlanta) | Holiday Hoopsgiving
- Cleveland State – Nov. 30 | Rupp Arena
- Michigan – Dec. 6 | The O2 Arena (London) | Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase
- UCLA – Dec. 19 | TBA | CBS Sports Classic
Kentucky last played Kansas in January 2019, a 71-63 win at Rupp Arena in the SEC/Big 12 challenge. This means Kentucky will play someone other than the Jayhawks in the 2021 SEC/Big 12 challenge where they’re on pace to play at home.
Georgia State is coming off a 19-13 season that saw them win the Sun Belt regular season title. UK is 2-0 all-time against the Panthers.
Kentucky will travel to Atlanta Thanksgiving weekend to take on Georgia Tech to finish off a two-game series with the Yellow Jackets. The Cats defeated Georgia Tech 67-53 at Rupp Arena last season.
UK will match up with Cleveland State for the fourth time in the John Calipari era in late November. Kentucky is 3-0 over the Vikings, including a 101-70 victory in their most recent matchup (2016).
As of now, Kentucky is still slated to travel overseas to take on Michigan in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase. This will kick-off a three-game series with the Wolverines with the Cats heading to Ann Arbor in 2021 and hosting Juan Howard’s squad at Rupp Arena in 2022.
Finally, UK will take on UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic, but the location has yet to be announced. Last year the event took place in Las Vegas and in 2018, Chicago was the host city. There’s a chance former Wildcat Johnny Juzang could take the floor for the Bruins if he’s able to obtain instant eligibility.
UK also announced other non-conference matchups for this upcoming season would include the annual rivalry game vs. Louisville with the Cardinals serving as the host. The Cats will also play in the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge, but a date has not been finalized and an opponent has not been determined.