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Vermont’s coach says they’re playing Kentucky in Rupp this season

You’re looking at John Becker, the head coach of the Vermont Catamounts, and this weekend, he went on the Sports Saturday program on 101.3 ESPN Radio in Burlington, Vermont to share that his team will play Kentucky in Rupp Arena this fall. Specifically, Sunday, November 12.

“We’re going to play Kentucky the first weekend of the season on a Sunday in Rupp Arena,” Becker said. “It’s one of those great opportunities for our program and one of those storied venues.”

Listen to the clip of Becker below:

Last season, Vermont went 29-6, winning the America East Conference to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the program’s history before losing to 4-seed Purdue in the first round. Becker won the America East Coach of the Year Award for the second time in his six years in Burlington, and considered taking the job at Duquesne before deciding to stay at Vermont. So, they’re a program on the rise.

This game is not confirmed, but apparently Becker feels confident enough about it to go on record. Assuming it happens, here’s Kentucky’s non-conference schedule as we know it:

  • November 10 vs. Utah Valley
  • November 12 vs. Vermont
  • November 14 vs. Kansas (Champions Classic)
  • TBD vs. ETSU
  • December 2 vs. Harvard
  • December 9 vs. Monmouth (MSG)
  • December 16 vs. Virginia Tech
  • December 23 vs. UCLA (CBS Sports Classic)
  • TBD vs. Louisville
  • January 27 at West Virginia (SEC/Big 12 Challenge)

News that UK will play Utah Valley, coached by former Cat Mark Pope, leaked out yesterday, but today, Pope confirmed the Wolverines will open the season in Rupp on Friday, November 10:

I’d expect the rest of UK’s non-conference opponents to leak out over the next few weeks. Stay tuned…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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