Jul 10, 2012 10:13 AM by Alan Cutler
Kentucky has announced its 2012-13 men's basketball non-conference schedule. The schedule features a season-opening game against Maryland on Nov. 9, opening the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a part of the Barclays Center Classic, followed by a Nov. 13 matchup against Duke in the Georgia Dome in the Champions Classic.
The Wildcats open the home portion of their schedule on Nov. 16 with three straight home games against Lafayette College (Pa.), Morehead State (Nov. 21) and Long Island University (Nov. 23). All three games are a part of the Barclays Center Classic.
Kentucky returns to South Bend, Ind., for the first time since the 2008-09 season on Nov. 29 to take on Notre Dame in the SEC/Big East Challenge. The Wildcats will return home for five straight games beginning with the Baylor Bears on Dec. 1, followed by home games against Samford (Dec. 4), Portland (Dec. 8), Lipscomb (Dec. 15) and Marshall (Dec. 22).
The annual UK-UL game will close out the 2012 calendar on Dec. 29 in Louisville. The Wildcats will ring in the New Year on Jan. 2nd hosting Eastern Michigan in UK's final non-conference tune-up before Southeastern Conference play begins Jan. 8-10.
Prior to regular-season action, Kentucky hosts a pair of exhibition games. The first will be Nov. 1 against Northwood, while the second exhibition will take place Nov.5, when Kentucky hosts in-town rival Transylvania for the second consecutive year.
Kentucky begins formal preparations for the season with Big Blue Madness on Friday, Oct. 12, at Rupp Arena, followed by the Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 24.
2012-13 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
12 (Fri) BIG BLUE MADNESS
24 (Wed) BLUE-WHITE GAME
1 (Thurs) NORTHWOOD (Exh.)
5 (Mon) TRANSYLVANIA (Exh.)
9 (Fri) 1 vs. Maryland
13 (Tues) 2 vs. Duke
16 (Fri) 3 LAFAYETTE COLLEGE (Pa.)
21 (Wed) 3 MOREHEAD STATE
23 (Fri) 3 LONG ISLAND UNIV.
29 (Thu) 4 at Notre Dame
1 (Sat) BAYLOR
4 (Tues) SAMFORD
8 (Sat) PORTLAND
15 (Sat) LIPSCOMB
22 (Sat) MARSHALL
29 (Sat) at Louisville
2 (Wed) EASTERN MICHIGAN
As of July 6, 2012 / HOME GAMES in BOLD CAPS
All dates and times are subject to change.
1- Barclays Center Classic (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.); 2-State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.);
3- Barclays Center Classic (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.); 4-SEC/Big East Challenge (South Bend, Ind.)