Kentucky’s 2021-22 basketball schedule is now complete.
Tipping times and TV designations are set for the UK’s non-conference games against Louisville and Kansas, respectively, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Wildcats and Cardinals will renew their annual rivalry at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, December 22 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Cats and Jayhawks, meanwhile, kick off at 6 p.m. ET from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Saturday, January 29. This match will also be televised on ESPN.
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Kentucky is 11-3 against Louisville under head coach John Calipari and 37-17 all-time. The UK had won three straight in the series until a 62-59 loss to the Cardinals last season, which dropped the team to 1-6 on the year. The Wildcats won a 78-70 overtime thriller in the final game at Rupp Arena in 2019.
In what should be a clash of the top 10 preseason teams, Kentucky will travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas in the annual Big 12-SEC Challenge.
More than conference bragging rights could be at stake between the UK and KU. The Wildcats enter the 2021-22 season holding a slim margin over the Jayhawks as the winningest program in NCAA history.
Kentucky suffered a 9-16 season in 2020-21, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, posting its first losing record since 1989 and posting the worst finish by a preseason top-10 team. of the Associated Press since the first poll. released in 1961. United Kingdom, whose season ended with a 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the second round of the SEC Tournament, has 2,327 all-time wins.
The Jayhawks, who finished the year at 21-9 with a loss to USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, shaved 12 games off the Wildcats’ lead but still trail by four to 2,323 wins. .
Big Blue has been the winningest program in college basketball history since passing North Carolina in its 1995-96 national championship season. Finishing 34-2 to 21-11 for the Tar Heels, Kentucky turned a 10-game deficit into a 3-game lead that they haven’t relinquished since.
The Wildcats became the first school to 2,000 wins with an 88-44 victory over Drexel at Rupp Arena on December 21, 2009.
The UK hold a 23-10 head-to-head lead over KU all-time but have lost three of the last four since 2016, including a 65-62 defeat at the Champions Classic last season.
Kentucky is 1-2 against Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, 0-1 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse and 2-1 on the road.
The Wildcats open the season with exhibitions against Kentucky Wesleyan and Miles College before officially kicking off the 2021-22 season against Duke at the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The UK non-conference schedule also includes games against Notre Dame and Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic.
In the league, the Cats will play each Southeastern Conference team once with home and away games against Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama and LSU.