Slowly but surely, Kentucky’s basketball schedule is taking shape. According to Jeff Goodman, the Champions Classic will take place December 1 in Orlando featuring Kentucky vs. Kansas and Michigan State vs. Duke. Previously, the game was slotted for sometime between December 1 and 5.
If you’re keeping track at home, here is Kentucky’s schedule as we know it:
- Lexington pod (begins first week of the season on Nov. 25)
- Kentucky will play Detroit Mercy, Hartford and Richmond
- Champions Classic (tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1)
- Kentucky will play Kansas
- Holiday Hoopsgiving (scheduled for Dec. 6)
- Kentucky will play Georgia Tech
- Kentucky vs. Notre Dame (scheduled for Dec. 12)
- CBS Sports Classic (originally scheduled for Dec. 19)
- Kentucky will play UCLA
- SEC schedule (begins Dec. 29 and 30)
- 20 play dates, 18-game conference schedule
- Big 12/SEC Challenge (target date is January 30th, 2021)
- Kentucky’s opponent has not yet been determined
Adding up all of those events, Kentucky has 26 games, one shy of the NCAA’s maximum of 27. That leaves an opening for Louisville. Last week, Chris Mack suggested playing the game this season would be unfair because limited or no fans in the stands would take away from Louisville’s home court advantage, to which John Calipari delivered an epic response.
“Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns,” Calipari said, via Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal. “While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville to play this season under the previously agreed upon terms, and we fully expect Louisville to honor the agreement with a return game to Rupp Arena next season.
“We are contracted to play Notre Dame and a Big 12 opponent for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Rupp Arena this season and we are honoring those contracts even if it is with little or no fans. It is no one’s fault we are in a pandemic. We cannot predict the future with this virus whether that’s this December or next December. My hope is they are not trying to end this series because it is important for this state that we play.”
Translation: Man up, Mack.