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Kentucky’s non-conference Rupp Arena schedule released (and it’s weak)

Jul 10, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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Fresh off a national championship and reloaded with a Top 3 recruiting class in the country, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena non-conference schedule was released and, if you were looking for a high-level trifecta like North Carolina, Kansas, and Louisville from this past season, you’re not going to find it.

The top billing? Baylor on December 1 in Lexington.

Other than Scott Drew’s Bears, Kentucky takes on Northwood and Transylvania in exhibitions, then will open its season against Lafayette on November 16, followed by Morehead State, Long Island, Samford, Portland, Lipscomb, Marshall, and Eastern Michigan.

To the credit of coach John Calipari and his team, the Wildcats play neutral-court games against Maryland and Duke in the non-conference, as well as travel to Notre Dame and Louisville, but if you’re looking to catch a big game at Rupp Arena, you might have to wait until SEC play begins.

Check out the full schedule:

Nov. 1 – vs. Northwood (Exhibition)

Nov. 5 – vs. Transylvania (Exhibition)

Nov. 9 — Maryland (Barclays Center Classic, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Nov. 13 — Duke (Champions Classic, Georgia Dome)

Nov. 16 – vs. Lafayette (Barclays Center Classic)

Nov. 21 – vs. Morehead State (Barclays Center Classic)

Nov. 23 – vs. Long Island (Barclays Center Classic)

Nov. 29 — @ Notre Dame (SEC/Big East Challenge)

Dec. 1 – vs. Baylor

Dec. 4 – vs. Samford

Dec. 8 – vs. Portland

Dec. 15 – vs. Lipscomb

Dec. 22 – vs. Marshall

Dec. 29 — @ Louisville

Jan. 2 – vs. Eastern Michigan

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. hoosiercolts - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    What a joke!! This is the softest schedule I’ve ever seen.

  2. jjohnb5393 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    You know Kentucky is a top program when their non-conference schedule is headline news…..
    Hoosiercolts: hopefully some of these will provide more resistance than Indiana did in the NCAA

  3. hoosiercolts - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I think it has more to do with how laughable the schedule is than how “great” UK is. There are more cream puffs on this schedule than at your local bakery.

  4. jjohnb5393 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Indiana was a cream puff for so many years for Kentucky, especially during the Rick Pitino era. All IU fans could do was accuse UK of cheating…..then Kelvin Sampson brought his cell phone to the big city of Bloomington. Argument over . Ever see a chair be thrown across the floor of Rupp Arena?
    I respect Tom Crean….great coach. Have to say that.

  5. imforbigblue - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Funny how all these moron IU fans have come out to talk so much shit after being a door Matt for the past 8-9 years. You act as if your a basketball power house again after 1 descent year. You didn’t win the big 10 you got your teeth kicked in by UK in the turny so what makes you fools think your so great? Id love to see all these power house teams your playing outside of the big 10 this year

  6. hoosiercolts - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Ladies, ladies, ladies. Don’t get all butthurt because your team is getting called out for this incredibly easy schedule. I’m sorry that Coach Cal is taking your hard earned money and giving you games like this. Please, stop furthering the stereotype that UK fans are the biggest bunch of crybaby pussies in college basketball. Perhaps UPS is doing another commercial that you all can whine and cry about.

  7. watchfullhose - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Lipscomb!

  8. roland66and7 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    They’re going to roll through any team they play, so what difference does it make who is on the schedule? If Tom Crean wasn’t afraid to play UK outside the rape shed in Bloomington, IU could have the honor of being a slain body on UK’s march to another championship. What was their record away from Bloomington last season? Exactly.

  9. hoosiercolts - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    If the Hoosiers record away from The Assembly Hall is so poor, why would Coach Cal NOT want to play at Rupp?? Not one UK fan has given me 1 good reason as to why the compromise that IU laid out wouldn’t work or be a good thing?? I’m not gonna say that Cal is scared of IU, that would be absurd, but I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t looking forward to IU coming to town this year.

    And yeah, it’s been rough to be an IU fan lately, but it says a lot that right about the time we are turning things around, UK doesn’t want to continue the series anymore. It’s easy to beat up on your opponent when they’re down, but to run away when he’s back up is a pussy move on UK’s part.

    • roland66and7 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      It’s foolish to say it’s a “pussy move” for UK to not schedule IU because IU wouldn’t cave to UK’s demands for neutral site games, when IU also refused to schedule UK since UK wouldn’t cave to IU’s demands for home-and-away games. They both wanted different things because IU and UK are very different programs, in different positions, with different needs. IU needs home games to build confidence and fan support; UK needs to play in a tournament environment in big stadiums and draw lots of gate money. To say UK or IU were “running away” from each other is stupid. This was a mutual decision (although IU finally agreed to do a neutral site/home-and-away combo thing, but not until after UK said they were tired of negotiating and moved on to schedule Duke).

      It’s easy to paint the picture to look like UK is “scared” or is “running away,” but logic tells you there’s no reason for them to be afraid. Even if they DID lose a game to IU in the regular season, so what? Like this past season, it wouldn’t keep them out of a championship and wouldn’t guarantee IU a Final Four berth. It’s just a measly regular season game. IU needs to focus on their own conference opponents and UK needs to focus on its conference opponents. Simple as that.

  10. imforbigblue - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I’ll say it again moron IU fans be relevant for more than one year at least win the big 10 or make a FF before you come out of hiding acting as if your top dog in college basketball. Funny thing is if zeller would of went to the nba you’d be back to being a nobody again. You see UK lost its whole starting team and we replaced it and will be just as good and it eats you up.

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