The Kentucky men’s basketball team has released a finalized schedule for the season ahead.
The Cats will play nine nonconference opponents to go along with 18 SEC matchups. The schedule begins with a home game against Morehead State on Nov. 25 as part of the Bluegrass Showcase. Eight of the nine non-conference matchups will be played before Kentucky’s first conference game, which is Dec. 29 vs. South Carolina. The SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup against Texas will be held in the middle of conference play on Jan. 30.
In all, the Cats will play 24 regular season games with one three-game multi-team event, resulting in 27 total matchups before postseason play begins. The SEC Tournament is currently scheduled to be held March 10-14 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“With all that we’ve been through the last eight months, we are beyond grateful to return to competition and begin the 2020-21 season,” UK Head Coach John Calipari said. “We don’t know exactly how this is all going to play out with the virus, but the health and safety of our players and our staff is going to be at the forefront of everything we do.
“I want to commend our staff for being on top of the schedule. When it became clear to us that we were going to have to make adjustments, our staff was all over it. I am really pleased that we not only preserved most of our previous agreements but also kept the type of opponents on our schedule that are going to challenge our guys and help them grow.”
This announcement comes just hours after UK released their plans for seating at home games. Each outing will be limited to 15% of the capacity of Rupp Arena, including participants, essential personnel, and media. When you crunch the numbers, that means just over 3,000 people will be allowed in the arena for each game.
K-Fund donors will get first priority to ticket access for the games, and spectators will be spaced out in adherence with social distancing guidelines. The university also said many health and safety protocols have been put in place to keep the arena as clean and risk free as possible.
You can read more about those protocols here.