UK to face Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse

05/14/2015 02:07 PM

LEXINGTON — The entire UK basketball schedule for next season hasn’t been released yet, but another piece of the puzzle was announced Thursday when ESPN released the pairings for the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.

Kentucky will travel to Lawrence on January 30 to play the Kansas Jayhawks in a rematch of the two winningest programs in NCAA history.

The Cats have not played in Allen Fieldhouse since 2006 and have not won there since 1983, when John Calipari was an assistant coach for the Jayhawks.

It’s all part of the third season of the interleague Big 12 / SEC Challenge, and 2016 will be the first year when participants will play all 10 games on the same day.

A total of 10 teams from each league will participate in the event, and all games will broadcast over ESPN networks and WatchESPN online.

The complete matchup list for the challenge is listed below:

  • Kentucky at Kansas
  • Texas Tech at Arkansas
  • Oklahoma State at Auburn
  • West Virginia at Florida
  • Georgia at Baylor
  • Oklahoma at LSU
  • Ole Miss at Kansas State
  • Tennessee at TCU
  • Iowa State at Texas A&M
  • Vanderbilt at Texas

Kentucky and Kansas have met three times over the past four seasons, with UK winning each time, including a 72-40 drubbing in last year’s Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

UK leads the all-time meetings with Kansas, 22-6. The Jayhawks have won the last three contests in Lawrence, but the Wildcats hold a 7-4 advantage overall at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas matchup adds even more to what was already a loaded non-conference slate for the 215-16 season.

Kentucky is already scheduled to play Duke in Chicago at the Champions Classic, South Florida in Miami at the inaugural Hoophall Miami Invitational; travel to UCLA in the first game of a home-and-home series; face Ohio State in Brooklyn, New York, at the CBS Sports Classic; and not to be forgotten, another battle with rival Louisville in Rupp Arena.

The KSTV crew discussed the renewed matchup with the Jayhawks and what the Wildcats can use from their blowout victory last season.


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