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UK Hoops set to face Kansas State for 2020 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

(via UK Athletics)

(via UK Athletics)

The 2020-21 schedule is beginning to take shape.

On Thursday, it was announced that the Kentucky Women’s Basketball program will face off against the Kansas State Wildcats on the road this coming season as a part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

While the date has yet to be confirmed, the game will take place over in Manhattan, KS inside the Bramlage Coliseum. Kentucky has not participated in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge since the 2017-18 season when they lost to Baylor. The ‘Cats also made an appearance in the challenge during 2016-17 when they took down the Oklahoma Sooners.

Kentucky is expected to be a top 20 team heading into the preseason rankings and they could find themselves even higher than that if transfers Jazmine Massengill and Robyn Benton can find a way to become immediately eligible. Led by reigning SEC Player of the Year Rhyne Howard, the ‘Cats have quality depth and high-level talent across the board.

As for K-State, they finished last year with a 16-13 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Big 12. Heading into next season, they’ll be without two of the team’s starters from the year prior, Peyton Williams and Angela Harris, who both graduated, along with key reserve forward Jasauen Beard, who also graduated. Kansas State will, however, return leading scorer Ayoka Lee, a 6-foot-5 center who averaged nearly 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds as a redshirt freshman in 2019-20.

Kansas State isn’t a powerhouse program in the Big 12 by any means (the Wildcats haven’t won its conference since 2008), but a win over them would look good on the UK Hoops’ resume and it helps them snag another nationally televised game.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR