There are several moving parts and unknowns regarding Kentucky basketball’s schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 season, but we now know one thing that won’t be changing.
This afternoon, Adam Zagoria broke the news that Kentucky’s home matchup against Notre Dame is on as scheduled.
The Wildcats will tip off against the Fighting Irish on Dec. 12.
The Notre Dame-Kentucky game for Dec. 12 at Rupp remains on, per source.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 19, 2020
This scheduling update comes in the midst of several updates regarding the Champions Classic, Holiday Hoopsgiving, and a new potential pod in Lexington to open the college basketball season.
Just yesterday, Andy Katz of NCAA.com broke the news that the Champions Classic – typically the first event of the college basketball season featuring Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State – is now tentatively scheduled to take place between Dec. 1-5, with the event likely taking place in Orlando.
This afternoon, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports broke the news that Kentucky is in talks to host a multi-team event in a pod format in Lexington, with Detroit, Hartford and Richmond the first week of the season.
“Kentucky plans to host its own MTE in a pod format in Lexington,” Norlander reported. “Detroit, Hartford [and] Richmond are in the final stages of agreeing to play [with] UK in first week of the season. Each team would play each other once. Three doubleheaders over four or five days.”
“These four schools were already involved in a Kentucky-catalyzed MTE, but the dates were scheduled prior to Nov. 25,” Norlander said in a follow-up tweet. “Now they’ll be pushed back and done in the end of November. John Calipari’s son is a senior at Detroit, too. Cal has been vocal about big schools helping out mids.”
UK is also currently scheduled to take on Georgia Tech in the Holiday Hoopsgiving event down in Atlanta, GA on Nov. 27, overlapping with Kentucky’s reported Lexington bubble the first week of the college basketball season.
While Kentucky’s game against Georgia Tech is scheduled for Nov. 27, the rest of the event will take place in a bubble in Atlanta from Dec. 10-17. If the Wildcats were to try to move their game against the Yellow Jackets back to December, the Notre Dame game would force them to come in at the tail end of the event, at minimum. Or instead of having a standalone event to tip off the Holiday Hoopsgiving, they could simply play after everyone else to close out the event.
Needless to say, the chaos is just getting started regarding Kentucky basketball’s schedule and how things will come to fruition.