Kentucky Wildcats selected to play in Belk Bowl

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(WYMT) - The Kentucky Wildcats have been selected to play in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Wildcats (7-5) will play the Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4) of the ACC.

Top UK officials have issued statements on the selection.

“We’re honored to be invited to the Belk Bowl to play an outstanding opponent in Virginia Tech,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “Our team fought through a lot of adversity this season and I’m proud of our players for earning another bowl bid. It will be exciting to make our first trip to Charlotte and we look forward to seeing the Big Blue Nation join us there.”

“It’s an honor for us to play in this game for the first time and we thank Danny Morrison and the entire Belk Bowl team for selecting UK,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Our fourth straight bowl berth is a credit to the dedication of our coaches and players and the support of our fans. We ask the Big Blue Nation to join us in Charlotte and show why we have such a reputation for painting our bowl destinations Kentucky Blue.”

The two teams have only met 19 times in their history. Kentucky currently leads the all-time series 11-6-2.

The Belk Bowl kicks off December 31 at noon. The game will be available on ESPN.

Tickets go on sale Monday December 9 at 9 a.m.

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