Aug 10, 2012 12:45 PM by Alan Cutler
A new era of SEC men's basketball begins with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, while also returning to an 18-game league schedule.
Get ready for a lot of late nights watching UK basketball. In SEC play, Kentucky has five 9 p.m. tips. Plus, UK-Duke starts at 9:30. Also, UK-Maryland starts at 8:30 p.m.
Vandy's coach Kevin Stallings, who complained about UK not having an equal number of Thursday-Saturday games in SEC, has to be very happy. UK has three if you count Notre Dame-Baylor before SEC play.
So this year, 12 of 14 teams have at least one Thursday-Saturday turnaround in SEC. Six have two. Two teams with zero: Mississippi State and Auburn. You wonder if Stallings will say a word about that this year.
As far as the home SEC schedule, Florida, Tennessee, Vandy and Missouri come to Rupp.
No surprise with UK playing a league-leading 13 conference games on national television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS), to go along with five non-conference games already slated for ESPN or ESPN2. Those games include previously released matchups vs. Duke (Nov. 13, ESPN, 9:30 p.m. ET) and at Notre Dame (Nov. 29, ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET), along with games vs. Maryland (Nov. 9, ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET), Portland (Dec. 8, ESPN2, noon ET) and Marshall (Dec. 22, ESPN2, 4 p.m. ET). Television information and start times for the remainder of the schedule will be released at a later date.
UK's conference schedule opens at Vanderbilt on Jan. 10. The game will tip at 9 p.m. ET and air on either ESPN or ESPN2. The Wildcats start their home slate with consecutive dates against Texas A&M (Jan. 12, SEC Network, 4 p.m. ET) and Tennessee (Jan. 15, ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).
Cal then takes UK on the road for four of the next five games beginning with back-to-back road contests at Auburn (Jan. 19, ESPNU, time TBA) and Alabama (Jan. 22, ESPN, 9 p.m. ET). LSU visits Rupp on Jan. 26 to break up the road swing with game time slated for 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Kentucky will resume action away from home at Ole Miss followed by a trip to Texas A&M on Jan. 29 and Feb. 2, respectively, both on ESPN. The matchup with the Rebels marks the third 9 p.m. ET tip of the early stages of the conference schedule, with the return trip to College Station, Texas set for a 6 p.m. ET start.
UK will then welcome South Carolina and new head coach Frank Martin on Feb. 5 in front of a national audience with a 9 p.m. ET tip on ESPNU. Auburn will visit on Saturday, Feb. 9, set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
The heart of the conference schedule includes four consecutive matchups with traditional rivals or preseason favorites, beginning with a road trip to Florida on Feb. 12. UK will follow that date with a road game at Tennessee on Feb. 16, marking Kentucky's first of three SEC appearances on CBS. Game time is set for 1 p.m. ET.
Kentucky then welcomes Vanderbilt to Rupp on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, before hosting Missouri and ESPN College GameDay on Feb. 23. The game is slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The Wildcats will remain at home for their lone matchup of the year with Mississippi State on Feb. 27 with opening tip on slate for 8 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
As the calendar turns to March, Kentucky will conclude its conference season with two of its final three games on the road. The Blue and White will travel to Arkansas (March 2 on CBS at 4 p.m. ET) and enjoy a week off before visiting Georgia on March 7 for a 7 p.m. ET tip on ESPN or ESPN2.
Florida visits Rupp on March 9 with the contest set for a CBS broadcast and opening tip of noon ET to conclude the regular season.
The SEC Tournament will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., with the semifinals and championship game being broadcast nationally on ABC. The SEC?Network will televise the tournament games on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the Friday night games. ESPNU will televise the two afternoon games on Friday at the tournament which this year will be played March 13-17, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.
For the complete UK schedule, click the link: uk_basketball_schedule.pdf