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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 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.


Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

24 Comments for A Look Ahead at the 2012-13 Basketball Schedule

  1. Done
    4:04 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink


  2. Knuckle ball
    4:07 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Who won the uk vs lsu baseball game?

  3. hugginshater
    4:15 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    if we play cincy we arn better whip them

  4. northernkentuckycatfan
    4:21 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    UK v. UC … yes please

  5. Uncertainly?
    4:23 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink


  6. Stan
    4:27 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Screw Tom Cream

  7. NKY_UK_fan
    4:29 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    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
    4:40 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

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

  9. tdogg40330
    5:02 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

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

  10. Deepblue
    5:13 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    I hate the idea of losing the UNC series.

  11. UK Homer
    5:16 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s whoop XU and UC

  12. Fubar
    5:21 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    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
    5:22 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    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
    5:26 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    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
    6:57 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

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

  16. Cking9698
    7:10 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

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

  17. BigBlue
    7:14 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    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
    8:22 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink true, those games make up for a lot of the the bs games pre-sec play

  19. think_Recuiting
    8:28 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    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
    12:58 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    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…i would want to kill them!!

  21. Walter
    1:15 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    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
    3:24 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

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

  23. dave ball
    7:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

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

  24. Katbluefan
    1:23 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    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.