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Six Quick Reactions to Kentucky’s SEC Schedule

We finally got our hands on Kentucky’s 2018-19 conference schedule, and man, it’s a doozy. Before we go in-depth, here are some quick reactions:

1. Saturdays are for big time basketball

It is not a coincidence that Kentucky’s biggest conference games take place on Saturdays. On six of those nine Saturdays, Kentucky will play Tennessee, Auburn, and Florida, three of the best teams in the league. Saturday isn’t for the boys, it’s for big time basketball. We don’t have game times yet, but go ahead and schedule your social life around these seven games:

  • Saturday, January 5: at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Saturday, January 19: at Auburn (Auburn, AL)
  • Saturday, February 2: at Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • Saturday, February 16: Tennessee (Lexington, KY)
  • Saturday, February 23: Auburn (Lexington, KY)
  • Saturday, March 2: at Tennessee (Knoxville, TN)
  • Saturday, March 9: Florida (Lexington, KY)

2. Avery Johnson will have Tuscaloosa rocking on January 5

Kentucky opens SEC play vs. Alabama in Tuscaloosa on January 5, and although the Crimson Tide might not have as much buzz as rival Auburn, they’re legit. Avery Johnson’s squad lost Collin Sexton to the NBA, but he’s still got John Petty, Donta Hall, Dazon Ingram, and Tevin Mack, a talented wing who transferred from Texas. Kira Lewis was a late addition to the class and is primed to take over Sexton’s spot at point guard.

I was hoping this game would take place on the same night as the college football national championship so Bama fans wouldn’t care, but no dice. Avery Johnson will do everything in his power to pack Coleman Coliseum and would love nothing more than to upset the Cats to start SEC play. Too bad it’s not gonna happen.

3. …but Kentucky’s trip to Auburn will be even crazier

Who wants to beat Kentucky more than Avery Johnson? Bruce Pearl. Kentucky’s trip to Auburn on Saturday, January 19 will be wild. The Cats have lost their last two games in Auburn Arena, and the Tigers could be even better this year than they were last year. Mustapha Heron may have transferred, but Bryce Brown and Jared Harper will be back, along with Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, who had to sit out last season due to the FBI investigation.

Bruce Pearl is already sweating through shirts in anticipation.

4. No Wednesday or Thursday night games

After coaches complained about it for years, the SEC finally did away with Thursday night games, and Kentucky managed to avoid one of the 27 Wednesday night games. So, if you’re wondering when the Cats will play each week in the SEC, it’s going to be a Tuesday or a Saturday on ESPN.

5. Starkville on a Saturday!

Who wants to go? Don’t all raise your hands at once. Lame town aside, this is not your typical Mississippi State team. Ben Howland has his top six scorers back, including the Weatherspoon brothers, and a Top 25 recruiting class coming in. The Bulldogs are a preseason top 15 team according to CBS Sports and NBC Sports, and the Hump will be rocking.

I just hope there isn’t an ice storm like the last time I went.

6. Will Kentucky vs. Tennessee get GameDay twice?

Tennessee is a top three team coming into the season, which means their trip to Lexington on Saturday, February 16 and Kentucky’s trip to Knoxville on March 2 are prime candidates for ESPN’s “College GameDay.” The Vols beat Kentucky in Rupp and at Thompson-Boling last year and have practically their entire team back, including their top six scorers. With an NCAA regional up for grabs in Louisville, these games are absolutely huge for Kentucky.

Throw the ball up right now. I’m ready.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for Six Quick Reactions to Kentucky’s SEC Schedule

  1. Aar
    12:29 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

    SEC Basketball will be a meat grinder this season. No cupcakes.

    12:35 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

    Please, please, please, PLEASE, PUH-LEASE… Can we have no tip-off time later than 8:00pm?

    • jsh2001
      12:55 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

      I’m guessing almost all of those Tuesday games will be at 9.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:07 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

      You can count on it.

    • Matt10
      3:53 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

      I’m with you Brian. I don’t usually make it to halftime of those 9pm games! Some of us have to work in the morning!

    • catsarerunnin
      1:25 pm August 25, 2018 Permalink

      Have to be tough and watch the entire game. Don’t wimp out. Of course I’m retired sooo…

  3. Cokely53
    12:42 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

    We only play on saturdays in December

  4. anrbob
    2:29 pm August 24, 2018 Permalink

    20 games against a team that was either in the NCAA or NIT tournament (64.5% of their games).

    • catsarerunnin
      1:26 pm August 25, 2018 Permalink

      Your point?

    • UK Big Board Update
      3:08 pm August 25, 2018 Permalink

      It’s a tough schedule. Or at least would have been last year.

  5. jaws2
    3:27 pm August 25, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s a quick response. We play 50% of our conference games in a league that will do ALL it can to keep games close when UK comes to town! That’s regardless how poor the opponent is. Always been they way, and will always be that way. It’s pathetic.