LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has finalized its exhibition slate for the 2019-20 season with the additions of Georgetown College and Kentucky State to the schedule.
UK will play Georgetown College on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. and Kentucky State on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised by the SEC Network and both will take place inside Rupp Arena, which is currently undergoing renovations and will have chair-back seating in the sideline areas of the upper arena for the 2019-20 season.
In addition, Big Blue Madness, long considered the official start of the season, will take place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network with the Blue-White Game slated for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.
The regular season will officially tip off Nov. 5 in Madison Square Garden in New York vs. Michigan State in the annual State Farm Champions Classic. The Champions Classic is one of five regular-season games UK has on the books. Matchups in Rupp Arena vs. Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 8) and Evansville (Nov. 12) and neutral-site games in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against Utah (Dec. 18) and Ohio State (Dec. 21 in the CBS Sports Classic) have also been announced.
UK’s SEC opponents for the 2019-20 season were announced last week but dates, times and TV designations for the Wildcats’ regular-season games will be unveiled at a later date.
The Wildcats have faced both Georgetown College and Kentucky State in exhibition play before.
UK is 2-0 in exhibition games vs. Georgetown College with the most recent meeting taking place Nov. 9, 2014. The Wildcats won that game 121-52.
Kentucky played Kentucky State in their lone exhibition meeting Nov. 6, 2015, a 111-58 rout by the Wildcats.
UK has played Kentucky State just once in regular-season play and won that matchup 118-63 on Dec. 15, 2001. Georgetown College was a frequent opponent of the Wildcats in the early parts of both programs’ history with all prior 50 regular-season meetings taking place between 1903 and 1939. UK owns a 35-15 mark in those games.
Georgetown College is coming off its third NAIA Division I national championship last season. The Tigers have appeared in three NAIA national championship games under current head coach and two-time NAIA Coach of the Year Chris Briggs, who is a former student manager of the Wildcat program from 2001-04 and a graduate assistant from 2004-06.
Kentucky State finished the 2018-19 season with a 13-14 record.
The Wildcats have an all-time exhibition record of 136-12, have won 15 straight and won 61 of their last 63 tune-ups.
Ticket information for the two exhibition games, the Blue-White Game and Big Blue Madness, including campout information for Madness, will be announced at a later time.