Kentucky’s opponent for the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge has been set.
On January 25, the Wildcats will head to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders, per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports
Sources: Matchups for next season's SEC/Big 12 Challenge are set.
Kentucky at Texas Tech
Tennessee at Kansas
Baylor at Florida
Mississippi St at Oklahoma
Missouri at West Virginia
Oklahoma St at Texas A&M
LSU at Texas
Iowa St at Auburn
Kansas St at Alabama
TCU at Arkansas
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 23, 2019
While there have been whispers that the national runner-up was a possibility, the general consensus was that Kentucky would head to Lawrence next season to take on Kansas on the road since the Jayhawks traveled to Rupp Arena this past year for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Instead, Kansas will be taking on Tennessee.
This past season, the Red Raiders finished with a 31-7 overall record and made made it all the way to the NCAA title game before falling in overtime to the Virginia Cavaliers. Head coach Chris Beard was named AP Coach of the Year, CBS Sports Coach of the Year, and Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2019.
Texas Tech is currently ranked No. 11 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, with Kentucky coming in at No. 3 overall.
This concludes Kentucky’s entire nonconference slate, as this morning, five more opponents were added to the official schedule for the 2019-20 season. The Wildcats are set to host four games in a new multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, starting with Utah Valley on Nov. 18. Mount St. Mary’s will come to town Nov. 22, Lamar on Nov. 24, and UAB on Nov. 29. All four games will be played at Rupp Arena.
Georgia Tech will also visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 14. UK will return to the trip and play the Yellow Jackets Nov. 27, 2020 at State Farm Arena in the Holiday Hoopsgiving.
The five newest additions join UK’s 2019-20 nonconference slate featuring a matchup vs. Michigan State on Nov. 5 in the State Farm Champions Classic in New York, a two-game trip in Las Vegas with games against Utah (Dec. 18) and Ohio State (Dec. 21 as a part of the CBS Sports Classic), and the annual rivalry vs. Louisville on Dec. 28 in Rupp Arena.
Kentucky’s other previously announced nonconference opponents include Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 8), Evansville (Nov. 12) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 7), with all three of those games being held at Rupp Arena.