Kentucky reveals two more non-conference games for 2019-20; will host Louisville on December 28

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky revealed two more non-conference games on its 2019-20 basketball schedule.

The Wildcats will host Fairleigh Dickinson at Rupp Arena on Dec. 7 and archrival Louisville at Rupp Arena on Dec. 28, the school announced Thursday. The Louisville game will air on CBS. Tip times for both games have yet to be announced.

The Fairleigh Dickinson and Louisville games join a Kentucky non-conference schedule that now has seven confirmed opponents:

Nov. 5 – Michigan State (Champions Classic)
Nov. 8 – Eastern Kentucky
Nov. 12 – Evansville
Dec. 7 – Fairleigh Dickinson
Dec. 18 – Utah (Las Vegas)
Dec. 21 – Ohio State (CBS Sports Classic)
Dec. 28 – Louisville

The Wildcats will tip off the 2019-20 season with Big Blue Madness on Oct. 11 and the Blue-White Game at Rupp Arena on Oct. 18, followed by home exhibition games vs. Georgetown College (Oct. 27) and Kentucky State (Nov. 1).

Dec. 7 will mark the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and the Knights, who are coming off a 21-14 season and an NCAA Tournament appearance. As winners of the Northeast Conference Tournament, Fairleigh Dickinson beat Prairie View A&M 82-76 in the opening round game before falling to top-seeded Gonzaga 87-49.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, finished 20-14 in head coach Chris Mack's first season with an 86-76 loss to Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament but add the nation's No. 11 recruiting class in what could be a battle of preseason top-5 teams at Rupp Arena on Dec. 28.

Kentucky leads the all-time series vs. Louisville 36-16 and has won 10 of the last 12, including a 71-58 decision at the KFC Yum! Center last season.

Despite losing consensus Third Team All-American PJ Washington, as well as SEC Newcomer of the Year Tyler Herro and SEC Freshman of the Year Keldon Johnson to first round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft and reserve guard Jemarl Baker to transfer, head coach John Calipari returns quite a bit from last season's squad that finished 30-7 with an overtime loss to Auburn in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky returns starting point guard and reigning SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Ashton Hagans, reserve big men Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery as well as reserve combo guard Immanuel Quickley.

The Wildcats only return 27.2% of its points, 30.5% of its rebounds, 45.1% of its assists, 44.1% of its steals and 51.1% of its blocks from last season but add the nation's No. 2 recruiting class which features four of the top-30 prospects in the country according to the industry average 247Sports Composite rankings.

Calipari signed 5-star combo guard Tyrese Maxey, 5-star wings Kahlil Whitney and Keion Brooks, 4-star shooting guard Johnny Juzang and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dontaie Allen as well as Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina, who is considered one of the nation's top transfers.



 
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