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Kentucky releases their 2014-2015 non-conference schedule

Jul 2, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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Kentucky has officially released their full non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 season, and it’s loaded.

The Wildcats could end up facing four top ten teams before the calendar turns over, and that’s not even counting UCLA, who they play in Chicago for the CBS Sports Classic.

It starts with a trip to Indianapolis for the Champions Classic, where Kentucky will be taking on a Kansas team that loses Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins but reloads with Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre. After a couple of buy games and a visit from Providence, who have a shot at making the 2015 NCAA tournament, the Wildcats will get a visit from Texas, who might end up being the Big 12 favorite over Kansas.

Kentucky will host North Carolina, who will contend for the ACC title with, among others, Louisville, who just so happens to be the team that the Wildcats will close out their non-conference schedule against.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a team that will be as challenged as Kentucky during the first two months of the regular season.

Here is the schedule in full:

  • Nov. 14: vs. Grand Canyon
  • Nov. 16: vs. Buffalo
  • Nov. 18: vs. Kansas (in Indianapolis for Champions Classic)
  • Nov. 21: vs. Boston University
  • Nov. 23: vs. Montana State
  • Nov. 25: vs. UT-Arlington
  • Nov. 30: vs. Providence
  • Dec. 5: vs. Texas
  • Dec. 7: vs. Eastern Kentucky
  • Dec. 10: vs. Columbia
  • Dec. 13: vs. North Carolina
  • Dec. 20: vs. UCLA (in Chicago for CBS Sports Classic)
  • Dec. 27: at Louisville
  1. nightrain42 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Beautiful..that’s how you get a team of freshmans to be ready for march madness. It’s a proven formula.

  2. usm418 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    5 competitive games makes it tough?

  3. jjohnb5393 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    What team plays more than 5-6 top 25 types in non conference? Teams aren’t exactly begging to play the Kentucky’s of the world….know a great chance they’ll lose and teams need victories to make NCAA

  4. johnnyhoops1980 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Going to be fun to watch this group. One of the most talented pre-season rosters we’ve seen in a while. Let’s see if Cal can pull it together. SH has a nice article on UK’s 2014-15 prospects, worth a read: http://straighthoops.com/one_and_not_done.html

  5. oldguy22 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    They sure don’t stray far from home do they?

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