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Kentucky adds Georgia State and Cleveland State to nonconference schedule

Add two more names to the Kentucky basketball nonconference schedule.

This afternoon, the school announced Georgia State and Cleveland State as two new home additions to Kentucky’s schedule, with the former taking place Nov. 20 and the latter on Nov. 30.

Georgia State and Cleveland State will join Kansas, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and UCLA on the confirmed nonconference schedule.

  • Kansas – Nov. 10 | United Center (Chicago) | Champions Classic
  • Georgia State – Nov. 20 | Rupp Arena
  • Georgia Tech – Nov. 27 | State Farm Arena (Atlanta) | Holiday Hoopsgiving
  • Cleveland State – Nov. 30 | Rupp Arena
  • Michigan – Dec. 6 | The O2 Arena (London) | Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase
  • UCLA – Dec. 19 | TBA | CBS Sports Classic

The games vs. Kansas, Georgia Tech and Michigan were previously announced as a part of neutral-site events. The fourth neutral-site game, the CBS Sports Classic, has been confirmed to be against UCLA.

The first of the four, tipping off the college basketball season for a third year in a row, will be the Champions Classic. UK will take on Kansas in the event for a fourth time, having defeated the Jayhawks in the
Champions Classic in two of the previous three matchups.

In the future matchups of the Champions Classic, the Wildcats will play Duke on Nov. 9, 2021 back in Madison Square Garden and Michigan State on Nov. 8, 2022 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

UK will host Georgia State on Nov. 20 in one of two confirmed nonconference home games so far. Georgia State went 19-13 last season. The Wildcats own a 2-0 advantage in the series.

The Wildcats will travel to Atlanta to complete a two-game series with Georgia Tech on Nov. 27. After defeating the Yellow Jackets 67-53 last season in Rupp Arena, Kentucky will play Georgia Tech at State Farm Arena in Atlanta as a part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving.

UK is 57-15 all-time vs. its former Southeastern Conference foe.

Cleveland State, a familiar opponent in the John Calipari era, will visit Rupp Arena on Nov. 30. UK has played CSU three times – all wins – in school history, all during Calipari’s 11-year tenure. The last matchup with the Vikings was in November 2016, a 101-70 Kentucky rout.

UK will travel to London to play Michigan on Dec. 6 in the Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase, a fundraiser for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Wildcats will face the Wolverines in three consecutive seasons, the first of which will take place in The O2 Arena in London.

Kentucky will play Michigan on Dec. 4, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Wolverines will make the return trip on Dec. 3, 2022. The last time the two schools were pitted vs. one another resulted in a classic. UK sunk the Wolverines 75-72 in Indianapolis thanks to a late Aaron Harrison 3-pointer to punch a ticket to the Final Four.

Kentucky will participate in the CBS Sports Classic for a seventh consecutive season when it faces UCLA on Dec. 19. A venue for the game has not been announced yet.

In a matchup of the NCAA’s leading national title holders, the two schools are 1-1 in the CBS Sports Classic. UK is 3-3 in the event and 8-7 all-time vs. the Bruins.

In the future matchups of the CBS Sports Classic, UK will match up with North Carolina on Dec. 18, 2021 and Ohio State on Dec. 17, 2022. Both locations are to be determined.

Other nonconference matchups will include the annual rivalry matchup vs. Louisville and the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge. A date has not been finalized for the former and an opponent has not been determined for the latter.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports also broke the news last month that Kentucky will host Richmond as part of its 2020-21 nonconference schedule, with a Richmond basketball spokesperson telling KSR this game is still expected to be a part of the schedule this season.

Additional opponents, dates and times will be announced at a later date.

Schedule Breakdown

Opponent 2019-20 Record Final NET Ranking Final Ranking (AP/Coaches) KenPom.com Final Ranking Series History Last Meeting
Kansas 28-3 2 1/1 1 UK leads 23-9 UK won 71-63 on Jan. 26, 2019
Georgia State 19-13 134 -/- 126 UK leads 2-0 UK won 73-46 on Nov. 26, 2005
Georgia Tech 17-14 72 -/- 64 UK leads 57-15 UK won 67-53 on Dec. 14, 2019
Cleveland State 11-21 304 -/- 313 UK leads 3-0 UK won 101-70 on Nov. 23, 2017
Michigan 19-12 24 RV/RV 16 UK leads 5-2 UK won 75-72 on March 30, 2014
UCLA 19-12 76 RV/RV 78 UK leads 8-7 UCLA won 83-75 on Dec. 23, 2017
Louisville 24-7 8 14/13 9 UK leads 37-16 UK won 78-70 on Dec. 28, 2019
Alabama 16-15 55 -/- 60 UK leads 114-38 UK won 76-67 on Jan. 11, 2020
Arkansas 20-12 43 -/- 47 UK leads 33-11 UK won 73-66 on Jan. 28, 2020
Auburn 25-6 27 20/20 33 UK leads 95-21 UK won 73-66 on Feb. 29, 2019
Florida 19-12 29 -/RV 32 UK leads 104-40 UK won 71-70 on March 7, 2020
Georgia 16-16 91 -/- 96 UK leads 129-26 UK won 89-79 on Jan. 21, 2020
LSU 21-10 28 -/RV 37 UK leads 90-27 UK won 79-76 on Feb. 18, 2020
Mississippi State 20-11 50 -/- 48 UK leads 98-20 UK won 80-72 on Feb. 4, 2020
Missouri 15-16 84 -/- 97 UK leads 13-1 UK won 71-59 on Jan. 4, 2020
Ole Miss 15-17 97 -/- 102 UK leads 108-13 UK won 67-62 on Feb. 15, 2020
South Carolina 18-13 66 -/- 69 UK leads 52-13 SC won 81-78 on Jan. 15, 2020
Tennessee 17-14 63 -/- 68 UK leads 156-74 UT won 81-73 on March 3, 202-
Texas A&M 16-14 113 -/- 131 UK leads 11-4 UK won 69-60 on Feb. 25, 2020
Vanderbilt 11-21 142 -/- 169 UK leads 149-47 UK won 78-64 on Feb. 11, 2019

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for Kentucky adds Georgia State and Cleveland State to nonconference schedule



  1. kykid16
    2:23 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    Whoopee



  2. Lip Man 1
    2:42 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    That’s IF there is a season.



  3. 2andToodleLoo
    2:43 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



  4. ukyelecteng
    3:13 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    And they wonder why attendance is down. Snoozefest



  5. Swizzle
    8:27 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    Already not having fans, so schedule a few more cupcakes.



  6. sprtphan
    9:02 pm April 27, 2020 Permalink

    Games like these are why the UKIT thing sounds good.



  7. blueNtheFace
    6:27 pm April 29, 2020 Permalink

    Please bring a marquee game to Rupp in the non-conference schedule.