After initially finalizing a multi-team pod event in Lexington with Richmond, Detroit Mercy, and Hartford, Kentucky was forced to go back to the drawing board when Hartford pulled out late last week.
Adam Zagoria first broke the news on Friday afternoon that Hartford would not participate in the bubble event, leaving UK scrambling for a replacement option.
Luckily for the program, they didn’t have to search far, as Morehead State has emerged as the anticipated addition to the MTE.
KSR’s own Matt Jones first broke the news on his radio show that Morehead State was the likely option.
“Sources tell KSR, and this isn’t official yet, [the Hartford game] will likely be replaced by Morehead State,” Jones said in the first hour of Monday’s show.
This morning, college basketball insider Jeff Goodman confirmed the news, noting that Kentucky’s pod in Lexington will now include Richmond, who was set to make the NCAA Tournament this past year and is expected to be a top-15 team in 2020-21, along with Brad Calipari’s Detroit Mercy squad and the in-state Morehead State Eagles.
According to the report, the games will take place on Nov. 25, 27, and 29.
There are tons of teams hosting MTE’s on campus. The best one just might be in Lexington as UK (as long as Sarr is cleared) and Richmond both Top 15 teams.
11/25, 27, 29
Kentucky, Richmond, Detroit, Morehead State
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 6, 2020
With this news, here is Kentucky’s updated 27-game schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 season:
- Lexington pod (scheduled for Nov. 25, 27, and 29)
- Kentucky will play Richmond, Detroit Mercy, Morehead State
- Champions Classic (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
- Kentucky vs. Louisville (scheduled for Dec. 26)
- 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
What do you think about Morehead State’s addition to the schedule?