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Times, TV for Kentucky’s Opening Slate Begins to Take Shape

Brendon D. Miller - BSN

2020-21 season begins next week in Rupp Arena with the Bluegrass Showcase

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LEXINGTON – November 17, 2020

Tip times and television information have started to pour in for a chunk of the previously announced 2020-21 Kentucky men’s basketball nonconference schedule.

Beginning with the season-opening Bluegrass Showcase, five of UK’s nonconference games have been set with tip times and television designations.

All three of the Wildcats’ Bluegrass Showcase games at Rupp Arena will be nationally televised. UK will open the season Nov. 25 vs. Morehead State at 6 p.m. on SEC Network. On that Friday, Nov. 27, the Wildcats will again be on SEC Network at 6 p.m. as they take on Brad Calipari – John Calipari’s son – and Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. Kentucky will wrap up the Bluegrass Showcase on Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. on ESPN vs. the Richmond Spiders, who picked up votes in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 and were picked to win the Atlantic 10.

The Bluegrass Showcase, a multi-team event hosted by the Gazelle Group, will feature two games a day. Each non-UK game will tip one hour following the conclusion of the Kentucky game on the day of action. Richmond-Detroit Mercy will be Nov. 25, Richmond-Morehead State will be Nov. 27 and Detroit Mercy-Morehead State will take place Nov. 29. Those games have not been designated for a telecast at this time.

Also confirmed Wednesday, Kentucky’s game vs. Notre Dame on Dec. 12 will air at noon on CBS. UK’s Dec. 19 matchup vs. UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland was previously announced as a 4:15 p.m. tipoff on CBS.

Other confirmed nationally televised games already announced include the Dec. 1 showdown with Kansas in the Champions Classic. That game will be on ESPN at a site and time to be determined. UK’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup vs. Texas at Rupp Arena on Jan. 30 will be on one of ESPN’s family of networks. A tip time has not been set.

Tip times and television designations for the rest of the schedule will be announced later.

The full scheduled with confirmed tip times and TV information to this point is below.

Nov. 25Morehead State (Bluegrass Showcase)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)6 p.m.SEC Network
Nov. 27Detroit Mercy (Bluegrass Showcase)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)6 p.m.SEC Network
Nov. 29Richmond (Bluegrass Showcase)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)1 p.m.ESPN
Dec. 1vs. Kansas (Champions Classic)TBDTBDESPN
Dec. 6vs. Georgia Tech (Holiday Hoopsgiving)State Farm Arena (Atlanta)TBDTBD
Dec. 12Notre DameRupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)NoonCBS
Dec. 19vs. UCLA (CBS Sports Classic)Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland)4:15 p.m.CBS
Dec. 26at LouisvilleKFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.)TBDTBD
Dec. 29South Carolina (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Jan. 2at Mississippi State (SEC)Humphrey Coliseum (Starkville, Miss.)TBDTBD
Jan. 5Vanderbilt (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Jan. 9at Florida (SEC)Exactech Arena (Gainesville, Fla.)TBDTBD
Jan. 12Alabama (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Jan. 16at Auburn (SEC)Auburn Arena (Auburn, Ala.)TBDTBD
Jan. 20at Georgia (SEC)Stegeman Coliseum (Athens, Ga.)TBDTBD
Jan. 23LSU (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Jan. 26at Alabama (SEC)Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)TBDTBD
Jan. 30Texas (SEC/Big 12 Challenge)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDESPN/2/U/SECN
Feb. 2at Missouri (SEC)Mizzou Arena (Columbia, Mo.)TBDTBD
Feb. 6Tennessee (SEC)Rupp Arna (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Feb. 9Arkansas (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Feb. 13Auburn (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Feb. 17at Vanderbilt (SEC)Memorial Gymnasium (Nashville, Tenn.)TBDTBD
Feb. 20at Tennessee (SEC)Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tenn.)TBDTBD
Feb. 23Texas A&M (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
Feb. 27Florida (SEC)Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)TBDTBD
March 2at Ole Miss (SEC)The Pavilion at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)TBDTBD
March 10-14SEC TournamentBridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tenn.)TBDESPN/2/U/SECN

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