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Kentucky will play Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge

Kentucky has found its opponent for the 2021 Big 12/SEC Challenge.

UK will host Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns at Rupp Arena, the University of Kentucky announced Wednesday morning.

UK last played Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge back on Dec. 6, 2014 when the No. 1 Wildcats beat the No. 6 Longhorns by a final score of 63-51.

In the win, Willie Cauley-Stein led the Wildcats with 21 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Dakari Johnson also finished with 11 points while Karl-Anthony Towns added ten points.

Kentucky has only played Texas one other time in school history, with the other coming in an 86-61 victory during the 1993-94 season.

With this matchup, new UK recruiting coordinator Jai Lucas will face off against his former team, while the Wildcats will take on 2020 five-star forward and former top Kentucky recruiting target Greg Brown III.

Here are all ten matchups for this year’s event:

  • Florida at West Virginia
  • Texas at Kentucky
  • Texas Tech at LSU
  • Kansas at Tennessee
  • Auburn at Baylor
  • Iowa State at Mississippi State
  • Alabama at Oklahoma
  • TCU at Missouri
  • Arkansas at Oklahoma State
  • Texas A&M at Kansas State

With Kentucky’s Big 12 matchup finalized, here is the team’s updated 2020-21 schedule as we know it:

  • 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 will play Texas

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

3 Comments for Kentucky will play Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge



  1. UKBigBlueForever
    10:09 am October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Coincidence that we are playing Texas now that we have Lucas?



  2. mashman 93
    10:36 am October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Nine non conference games and eighteen conference games and that is your 2020-2021 Kentucky Basketball schedule. GO CATS!!!!



  3. Mr.Incognito
    11:09 am October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Hope that is enough games to get ready for the tourney