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Kentucky Announces 2023-24 Men’s Basketball Nonconference Slate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – August 24, 2023

The Kentucky men’s basketball team has set its 2023-24 nonconference schedule, head coach John Calipari announced Thursday. The 13-game nonconference schedule includes nine home contests at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, an away tilt at in-state foe Louisville and three neutral-site matchups.

The Southeastern Conference slate, along with television networks and game times will be announced at a later date.

After a pair of to-be-determined exhibition contests, the Cats open the home schedule against New Mexico State on Nov. 6, travel to Chicago for a State Farm Champions Classic matchup against Kansas on Nov. 14 and wrap up the month with an ACC/SEC Challenge contest against Miami on Nov. 28. Kentucky squares off with North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 16 in Atlanta, travels to Louisville on Dec. 21 and hosts Gonzaga on Feb. 10.

Along with those matchups, the Cats face Texas A&M University-Commerce (Nov. 10), Stonehill (Nov. 17) and Saint Joseph’s (Nov. 20) in the three-game Wildcat Challenge presented by Kentucky Tourism. UK also has home contests against Marshall (Nov. 24), UNC-Wilmington (Dec. 2) and Illinois State (Dec. 29) along with a matchup against Penn at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Dec. 9.

In SEC play, the Cats will take on permanent home-and-away opponents Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt along with playing Arkansas and Mississippi State twice in the regular season. Along with those five teams, Kentucky will host Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Missouri and travel to Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

In all, the Wildcats will face 10 teams who reached the 2022-23 NCAA Tournament a total of 13 times this season. Kentucky will take on five Sweet Sixteen teams from a year ago.

Opponent2022-23 RecordPostseasonFinal NET RankingFinal Ranking (AP/Coaches) Final RankingSeries HistoryLast Meeting
New Mexico State9-15191-/-187UK leads 1-0UK won 82-60 on March 12, 1999
Texas A&M-Commerce13-20306-/-307Never metFirst meeting
Kansas28-8NCAA Second Round94/119UK leads 24-11KU won 77-68 on Jan. 28, 2023
Stonehill14-17310-/-331Never metFirst meeting
Saint Joseph’s16-17201-/-191UK leads 2-0UK won 102-72 on March 20, 1997
Marshall24-883-/-83UK leads 12-0UK won 82-54 on Dec. 22, 2012
Miami29-8NCAA Final Four2116/324UK leads 3-1UofM won 73-67 on Dec. 6, 2008
UNC-Wilmington24-10141-/-152Never metFirst meeting
Penn17-13138-/-126UK leads 5-0UK won 86-62 on Jan. 3, 2011
North Carolina20-1344-/-43UNC leads 25-17UK won 98-69 on Dec. 17, 2021
Louisville4-28314-/-290UK leads 38-17UK won 86-63 on Dec. 31, 2022
Illinois State11-21283-/-289UK leads 1-0UK won 75-63 on Nov. 30, 2015
Gonzaga31-6NCAA Elite Eight89/108Series is tied 1-1GU won 88-71 on Nov. 20, 2022
Tennessee25-11NCAA Sweet 16520/166UK leads 160-77UK won 66-54 on Feb. 18, 2023
Arkansas22-14NCAA Sweet 1620-/2122UK leads 34-14UK won 88-79 on March 4, 2023
Alabama31-6NCAA Sweet 1621/44UK leads 116-41UA won 78-52 on Jan. 7, 2023
Texas A&M25-10NCAA First Round2817/2533UK leads 13-4UK won 76-67 on Jan. 21, 2023
Mississippi State21-13NCAA First Four53-/-53UK leads 101-21UK won 71-68 on Feb. 15, 2023
Auburn21-13NCAA Second Round35-/-32UK leads 97-23UK won 86-54 on Feb. 25, 2023
Florida16-17NIT First Round73-/-74UK leads 109-41UK won 82-74 on Feb. 22, 2023
Vanderbilt22-15NIT Third Round81-/-81UK leads 155-49VU won 80-73 on March 10, 2023
Georgia16-16157-/-154UK leads 131-28UGA won 75-68 on Feb. 11, 2023
Missouri25-10NCAA Second Round4723/-57UK leads 14-3MU won 89-75 on Dec. 28, 2022
Ole Miss12-21129-/-122UK leads 110-14UK won 75-66 on Jan. 31, 2023
LSU14-19153-/-151UK leads 93-28UK won 74-71 on Jan. 3, 2023
South Carolina11-21235-/-221UK leads 54-14USC won 71-68 on Jan. 10, 2023

Winner of the 2023 GLOBL JAM, Kentucky boasts the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class with seven first-year signees including five top-25 prospects in Aaron Bradshaw, Rob Dillingham, Justin Edwards, Reed Sheppard and D.J. Wagner. Jordan Burks, who led OTE in points per game, and Joey Hart, who captured a state high school crown, were spring additions, while Zvonimir Ivišić, a native of Croatia, was added earlier this month.

Additionally, Kentucky signed one of the top graduate transfers in Tre Mitchell, who has played in 102 career games, making 92 starts, and has scored more than 1,390 career points.

The Cats will also return Antonio Reeves, who averaged 14.4 points per game a season ago and was named the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year. Sophomores Ugonna Onyenso and Adou Thiero also return. Onyenso had a per-40-minute average of 5.7 blocks per game, while Thiero played nearly 10 minutes a game and was a spark off the bench.

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