The Southeastern Conference has established Dec. 29 and 30 as the new start dates for the 2020-21 men’s basketball conference schedule, with the women’s basketball start date set for Dec. 31, as previously scheduled.
Beyond the official start dates, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also announced Friday that the 2020-21 SEC men’s basketball conference schedule will be comprised of 20 play dates that would accommodate an 18-game schedule with two open dates. Ten SEC schools will fill one of those open dates with the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in late January. The four teams not participating in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge will play league games that day.
The 2020-21 SEC women’s basketball conference schedule remains at 18 play dates that will fit a 16-game league schedule.
Earlier this month, the NCAA Division I Council approved a Nov. 25 start date for the 2020-21 men’s and women’s college basketball seasons, when the SEC will begin non-conference play. Teams can begin preseason practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and will have a 42-day window to conduct no more than 30 practices.
With the SEC start date and total number of games pinned down, let’s take a look at the updated schedule:
- Lexington pod (begins first week of the season on Nov. 25)
- Kentucky will play Detroit Mercy, Hartford and Richmond
- Champions Classic (tentatively 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
- 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’s opponent has not yet been determined
When the NCAA announced an official season start date of Nov. 25, they confirmed that schools will be limited to a maximum of 27 games, down from the 31 regular season games we’re used to seeing. Adding up the aforementioned events and individual matchups, there are currently 26 games accounted for on the schedule, including the “new” addition of Kentucky vs. UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic. The event was previously up in the air due to the Pac-12’s decision to push all sports to the spring, though the league reversed course by announcing the resumption of football, basketball and winter sports seasons on Thursday.
With John Calipari releasing a statement today indicating Kentucky is prepared to travel to Louisville and take on the Cardinals this season, we can likely add that to the list, as well, giving us all 27 of the allotted 27 games on the unofficial schedule.
What do you think of Kentucky’s updated schedule?