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Four Takeaways from Kentucky’s 2017-18 SEC Opponents

1. Playing Alabama only Once is Stupid

Robert Williams and Texas A&M are an attractive opponent, but only because of recent history.  The league was wise to pit the nation’s No. 1 player, Michael Porter Jr., against Kentucky twice to create marquee TV matchups, but they missed the ball with Alabama.

Avery Johnson had the Crimson Tide close to an NCAA Tournament berth without any talent.  He lost nobody and added arguably the best point guard in America, Collin Sexton, and one of the best wings in America, John Petty.  To make the game even less interesting, the game is at Rupp Arena.

The Cats will still have a few tough challenges on the road, but I wanted to see them in Tuscaloosa.  It could have been the perfect litmus test for this team.  A win would prove to me they have Final Four potential, and a loss would let me know this team still has a ways to go.  Instead, season ticket holders get a great game at Rupp.

2. Going Back to Fayetteville

The rivalry between Kentucky and Arkansas hasn’t really been a rivalry for Kentucky fans since the 90s, but that doesn’t mean the battles aren’t heated.  The Razorbacks lost a lot from last year’s team, including Moses Kingsley, but I’m sure there will still be bad blood leftover from the SEC Championship Game.

3. On the Road vs. a Final Four Team 

Even though the South Carolina Gamecocks lost P.J. Dozier and Sindarius Thornwell, Frank Martin’s best tandem gave South Carolina something it needed: momentum.  Like last year’s team, you do not know what you’re going to see from the Gamecocks.  Columbia will be rocking when the Cats come to town, but I doubt they will be as fired up as Calipari was the last time the Wildcats came to town.

4. Only Five Regular Season Games Remain

There are two things we are still waiting for: times and dates for the SEC games and five more non-conference foes, who will most likely fall into the “bunny” category.  Here’s who we know is on the non-conference schedule, followed by the conference opponents.

Big Blue Madness
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Blue-White Game
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Kentucky vs. Kansas 
Chicago, Il. | United Center
Champions Classic
Tuesday, November 14
Kentucky vs. Harvard
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Saturday, December 2
Kentucky vs. Monmouth
New York, Ny. | Madison Square Garden
Citi Double Cash Classic
Saturday, December 9
Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech 
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Sunday, December 16
Kentucky vs. UCLA 
New Orleans, La. | Smoothie King Center
CBS Sports Classic
Saturday, December 23
Kentucky vs. Louisville
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
Kentucky @ West Virginia
Morgantown, Wv. | WVU Coliseum
Big 12/SEC Challenge
Saturday, January 27

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Four Takeaways from Kentucky’s 2017-18 SEC Opponents

  1. Mathlete
    2:34 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

    It has to eat at Arkansas fans that the “rivalry” is all on their side. Other than the dirty play at the end of last year, we really don’t care about them but they seem to revel in hating UK whenever possible

  2. Aar
    3:59 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with your comments about Alabama and South Carolina. I’m certain that Johnson and Martin will field excellent teams, regardless of talent and Bama is getting the talent.

    As far as Arkansas is concerned, if it weren’t for W-L and respecting the game, I’d play the end of the bench for 40 minutes each time we play them until they stop playing WWF against our basketball team. I was seriously concerned for Monk’s health last season.

    • Eazy
      6:19 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      Arkansas is a joke. Missouri will be crazy too. Their fans are just like Arkansas with even less success historically. Just ask Kansas. Don’t sleep on A&M and Vandy btw. SEC will get 6-7 teams in the dance. Also, the game at WV during conference season is as tough as they come. Really good schedule all around. Great home slate.