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A Look Ahead at the 2012-13 Basketball Schedule


 

After the NBA Draft declarations of the newest batch of Draft Cats and the commitment of Nerlens Noel, we have a good idea of what our roster will look like in the 2012-13 season.  With the roster being nearly complete, let’s take a look at a new uncertainty going forward into 2012-13: the non-conference schedule.

Here are the marquee games we know we can look forward to in 2012:

Maryland: UK will open up Brooklyn’s new NBA arena, the Barclays Center, in a doubleheader on Friday, November 9th. Morehead State will actually play the first ever game in the arena against LIU-Brooklyn, and UK will face off against Maryland in the second game of the doubleheader.

Duke: Catlanta will be rockin in the Georgia Dome for the second edition of the Champions Classic as UK will face Duke and Michigan State will play Kansas in the other game of the doubleheader. Hopefully, this will be the first of two visits to the Georgia Dome for the Cats next year.

Louisville: L1Cya on New Years Eve at the Yum Center, in what will most likely be a clash of two top five teams.

And here are where things get fuzzy:

North Carolina: Don’t expect the Cats to face the Tar Heels next season. A source told KSR last November that both schools prefer to end the series, at least temporarily, after the addition of new schools in both the SEC and ACC conference schedule. If North Carolina is dropped as expected, Kentucky could end up playing a home and home or neutral site series with a number of other teams. According to the source, Kansas, Texas, West Virginia and Arizona would be the most likely candidates.

Indiana: After a memorable two games between the two schools last season, the Kentucky-Indiana rivalry is now in jeopardy. A source told KSR last December that Kentucky is interested in renewing the series and returning it to its neutral site format: a rotation between games in Indianapolis and Louisville. Unless Tom Jurich stops being a grinch, and actually allows this game to be played in the Yum Center every other year, I would expect these games to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium and Freedom Hall, if the deal is worked out. Indiana’s interest in renewing the series is up in the air. Tom Crean recently told ESPN.com that the Hoosiers may add Kansas to their schedule, and if they do, they won’t be playing Kentucky.

SEC/Big East Challenge: We know we’ll be playing somebody in the SEC/Big East Challenge, but the question remains, who will it be? If I could make a pick, and I am only speculating, I’d say there’s a good chance it could be Cincinnati. The Bearcats were on the road last year in the Challenge against Georgia and the Cats were at home vs. St. Johns, so UC is due a home game and UK is due to play on the road. Folks up in Northern Kentucky have been salivating for this game to happen, and although it will never be an annual match-up, it’s bound to happen sometime in the SEC/Big East Challenge. UC and their fans would absolutely kill for a home game against Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky UK fans would love a chance to see the Cats in Cincy. For the team, the short bus trip to Cincy is more appealing than making a flight to somewhere in the northeast one of the random geographical Big East locations throughout the country.

@wilmhoffKSR

Article written by John W.

24 responses to “A Look Ahead at the 2012-13 Basketball Schedule”

  1. Done

    First

  2. Knuckle ball

    Who won the uk vs lsu baseball game?

  3. hugginshater

    if we play cincy we arn better whip them

  4. northernkentuckycatfan

    UK v. UC … yes please

  5. Uncertainly?

    UNCERTAINLY NOT!

  6. Stan

    Screw Tom Cream

  7. NKY_UK_fan

    Cincinnati people are butt hurt because the Reds are having UK there prior to the game on Tuesday. I would love for UK to go to Cincinnati, kick UC’s ***, and shut a lot of people up around here. I loved when UK beat UC in the NCAA tourney in 2005.

  8. sec/bigeast

    this series continues to disappoint. @UC after stjohns after notre dame. that’s awful. why not cuse, pitt, wva, gtown, marq?

  9. tdogg40330

    2) UK won 7-6 ….. yeah, screw Tom Crean

  10. Deepblue

    I hate the idea of losing the UNC series.

  11. UK Homer

    Let’s whoop XU and UC

  12. Fubar

    I’d love to see KY vs. UC at US Bank arena in downtown Cincinnati with tickets split 50/50.

  13. Remember the Bobbie Knight Days

    I would hate to see UK lose the IU game. I grew up in Owensboro. That was THE rivalry. But times change.

  14. Typical Southern Methodist U. Fan

    The Cats are toast if we play them in the SEC/Big East challenge! We have the one and only Larry Brown now! He owns Cal!

  15. stud status

    Come on wilmhoff you gotta be able to think of something more creative to say for the uk duke game

  16. Cking9698

    Kentucky and Cincy?? not happening. IT’S THE CUSE THIS YEAR. Mark it down.

  17. BigBlue

    Would suck to drop both IU and UNC…those are great games for us…
    Not to mention good games to ATTEND for those with tickets…they need to try to keep those games.

  18. wh

    17..so true, those games make up for a lot of the the bs games pre-sec play

  19. think_Recuiting

    To me dropping UNC is a big mistake. For recruiting, being able to say we play UNC each year means something. Despite ESPN’s attempt- Indiana is still a third tier program, we dont compete with them for recruits. I would try to get UCLA, or S’CUSE, DUKE, Kansas, maybe Ohio State. Namesplash

  20. troy

    I pray we get cincy! my best friends are all cincy fans, and I swear cincy fans hate UK just as much as U of L fans…they always think they can beat us..dont matter if they are 12-8 and we are 19-1…they are still better than us..lol…i would want to kill them!!

  21. Walter

    I’d like to see UK vs UCLA in a home and home series. Now that would be a hoy ticket and a big TV draw.

  22. JOEnLoserville

    21…. not as much as you think. Basketball really doesnt exist on the West Coast unless its NBA.

  23. dave ball

    UK vs Ohio State might be an interesting start if Indiana goes bye-bye (which I think is a shame)

  24. Katbluefan

    The only way to play Indiana would be at Louisville and that way the crowd could be controlled. We all know how Bone Head the Indiana Fans are. For my own preference I say Drop the Indiana game and Keep the N.C. game or another top team, Indiana is still a looser.