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Kentucky set to play Texas Tech in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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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

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.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for Kentucky set to play Texas Tech in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:13 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Nice! The Cats should wear the road blues and Tech should wear red. It would look GREAT! Color on color like in the old days before TV (black and white) came along and road teams had to start wearing white so fans could tell who was who.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:15 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      At least in football. Bball may have always done home white and road color.

  2. Blue Jesus
    4:23 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    At the risk of being that arrogant UK fan, this is a good reward for the last few years of Texas Tech basketball. Marquee matchup with all eyes on them. And as for UK, I’m glad we’ll be mixing it up from playing Kansas again. Plus I love their coach. Should be a great game.

  3. Ol Jim
    4:36 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    I’m pretty pumped about this game and I’m also glad that we are switching it up from Kansas. Tech has been playing well for the past few years and this should be a great game to watch.

  4. ky1988
    6:49 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    At least Kentucky plays a weaker team in big 12.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:43 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      KU will suuuuckkkkk going foward Tech may actually be the better opponent.

  5. BobbyBlue
    10:22 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    I read way back that due to there not being enough Big 12 teams so that all SEC schools would not have an opponent the SEC was going to add some schools from the AAC so all SEC schools would have an opponent. I immediately assumed
    the Cats would be forced to play Memphis, the seeming flavor of the day.
    Anybody else remember seeing that story ?
    Don’t think I imagined it, but at least Penney is not getting his dream fulfilled before March when you can bet this will happen,as Emmert hand picks the Cats bracket again !