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.
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It will mark just our third all-time meeting with the Longhorns.
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— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 21, 2020
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