LEXINGTON, Ky. – There isn’t a Kentucky men’s basketball game the Big Blue Nation won’t have access to in 2019-20.
The remaining question marks on UK’s 2019-20 schedule were answered Monday with tip times and TV selections for the rest of the Wildcats’ nonconference schedule. With the unveiling of the eight previously “to be announced” games, every UK game will be on national television through ESPN’s family of networks, CBS or SEC Network.
The tip times and TV designations for the final previously to be determined games are:
- Nov. 8 vs. Eastern Kentucky – 7 p.m. on SEC Network
- Nov. 12 vs. Evansville – 7 p.m. on SEC Network
- Nov. 18 vs. Utah Valley – 7 p.m. on ESPN2
- Nov. 22 vs. Mount St. Mary’s – 7 p.m. on SEC Network
- Nov. 24 vs. Lamar – 6 p.m. on SEC Network
- Nov. 29 vs. UAB – 7 p.m. on SEC Network
- Dec. 7 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – 4 p.m. on SEC Network
- Dec. 14 vs. Georgia Tech – 5 p.m. on ESPN
The complete Southeastern Conference TV schedule was unveiled earlier this month by the league office. The full schedule is below.
Kentucky’s exhibition games, Pro Day, Big Blue Madness, Blue-White Game and the SEC Tournament will also air on national television.
All of the games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2 and SEC Network) will also be available through the ESPN app, which is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. All of the CBS Sports games will be available to stream live in markets across the U.S. via the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app.
|Oct. 6||Pro Day||5:30 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Oct. 11||Big Blue Madness||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Oct. 18||Blue-White Game||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Oct. 27||Georgetown College (exhibition)||5 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Nov. 1||Kentucky State (exhibition)||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Nov. 5||vs. Michigan State (State Farm Champions Classic)||9:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Nov. 8||Eastern Kentucky||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Nov. 12||Evansville||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Nov. 18||Utah Valley (BBN Showcase)||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Nov. 22||Mount St. Mary’s (BBN Showcase)||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Nov. 24||Lamar (BBN Showcase)||6 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Nov. 29||UAB (BBN Showcase)||7 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Dec. 7||Fairleigh Dickinson||4 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Dec. 14||Georgia Tech||5 p.m.||ESPN|
|Dec. 18||vs. Utah (Las Vegas)||11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Dec. 21||vs. Ohio State (CBS Sports Classic)||5:15 p.m.||CBS|
|Dec. 28||Louisville||3:45 p.m.||CBS|
|Jan. 4||Missouri||2 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Jan. 7||at Georgia||9 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Jan. 15||at South Carolina||6:30 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Jan. 18||at Arkansas||4 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Jan. 21||Georgia||7 p.m.||ESPN/2/U/SEC Network|
|Jan. 25||at Texas Tech (Big 12/SEC Challenge)||TBA||ESPN/2/U|
|Jan. 29||Vanderbilt||6:30 p.m.||SEC Network|
|Feb. 1||at Auburn||6/8 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Feb. 4||Mississippi State||9 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Feb. 8||at Tennessee||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Feb. 11||at Vanderbilt||7 p.m.||ESPN/2/U/SEC Network|
|Feb. 15||Ole Miss||2 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Feb. 18||at LSU||9 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Feb. 22||Florida||6/8 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|Feb. 25||at Texas A&M||7 p.m.||ESPN/2/U/SEC Network|
|Feb. 29||Auburn||3:45 p.m.||CBS|
|March 3||Tennessee||9 p.m.||ESPN/2/U|
|March 7||at Florida||1 p.m.||CBS|
|March 11-15||SEC Tournament||TBA||SEC Network/ESPN|
UK’s schedule is packed with marquee games, a number of battles with college basketball’s blueblood programs and trips across the country.
Kentucky’s nonconference slate alone will see the Wildcats play Michigan State on Nov. 5 in the State Farm Champions Classic in New York, features a two-game trip in Las Vegas with games against Utah (Dec. 18) and Ohio State (Dec. 21 as a part of the CBS Sports Classic), includes the annual rivalry vs. Louisville on Dec. 28 in Rupp Arena and takes the Wildcats to Texas Tech to play the Red Raiders on Jan. 25.
Seven of UK’s 13 nonconference opponents this upcoming season made a postseason tournament in 2019, five of which made the NCAA Tournament. Both Michigan State and Louisville are expected to be preseason top-10 teams.
That nonconference schedule will give way to one of the toughest league schedules in the country. UK will play its permanent home-and-away opponents of Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt twice, plus host and visit both Auburn and Georgia. The SEC’s 15 NCAA Tournament selections over the last two years are second most in the nation.
The nonconference and league schedule combined reveals that 15 of the 26 opponents UK will face played in the postseason in 2018-19, including 11 in the NCAA Tournament, five in the Sweet 16 and three in the Final Four. Six teams are in ESPN.com’s way-too-early top-25 rankings and five SEC schools have recruiting classes that rank in the top 25 in ESPN’s rankings.
Kentucky will meet that schedule head on with what looks to be a solid blend of talent and experience. The Wildcats welcome back sophomore guards Ashton Hagans (7.7 points per game and 160 total assists in 2018-19) and Immanuel Quickley (30 3-pointers), junior forward Nick Richards (74 career games), and sophomore EJ Montgomery (3.8 points, 4.1 rebounds in 2018-19).