LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Kentucky men's basketball team will meet eight teams that played in the post-season a year ago, including several traditional powers as the school released its 2016-2017 non-conference schedule Monday.
The Wildcats open the regular season against Stephen F. Austin November 11th at Rupp Arena. Michigan State is the opponent in this year's Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden November 15th. UK will also play in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, December 11th against Hofstra.
UK will travel to the Bahamas to meet Arizona State November 28th and to Las Vegas to take on North Carolina December 17th.
The annual meeting with Louisville will be played on a Wednesday this year, December 21st at the KFC Yum! Center. And the Wildcats and the Jayhawks of Kansas play January 28th at Rupp in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.
Here's the entire non-conference schedule with many of the game-times still to be determined.
2016-17 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
14 (Fri) BIG BLUE MADNESS [SEC NETWORK] 7 p.m.
21 (Fri) BLUE-WHITE GAME [SEC NETWORK] 7 p.m.
30 (Sun) * CLARION [SEC NETWORK] 7 p.m.
6 (Sun) * ASBURY [SEC NETWORK] 7 p.m.
11 (Fri) STEPHEN F. AUSTIN [TBA] TBA
13 (Sun) 1 CANISIUS [TBA] TBA
15 (Tues) 2 vs. Michigan State [ESPN] TBA
20 (Sun) 1 DUQUESNE [TBA] TBA
23 (Wed) 1 CLEVELAND STATE [TBA] TBA
25 (Fri) 1 UT MARTIN [TBA] TBA
28 (Mon) 3 vs. Arizona State [TBA] TBA
3 (Sat) UCLA [CBS] TBA
7 (Wed) VALPARAISO [TBA] TBA
11 (Sun) 4 vs. Hofstra [TBA] TBA
17 (Sat) 5 vs. North Carolina [CBS] TBA
21 (Wed) at Louisville TBA
28 (Sat) 6 KANSAS [ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU] TBA
8-12 (We-Su) 7 SEC Tournament [SEC NETWORK/ESPN] TBA
As of July 18, 2016 – All Times Eastern; HOME GAMES in BOLD CAPS
All dates and times are subject to change.
*–Exhibition Games; 1–Bluegrass Showcase (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.); 2–Champions Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.); 3–Atlantis Showcase (Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas); 4–(Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY); 5–CBS Sports Classic (MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.); 6–SEC/Big 12 Challenge (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.); 7–SEC Tournament (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.)
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