Kentucky men’s basketball program continues to take shape with TV ads
LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Tip times and TV nominations for the 2021-22 South East Conference men’s basketball schedule were released by the league on Thursday. In addition, many of the Wildcats’ non-conference games are now hosted by major television networks.
So far, all regular season games the UK plays this season will be shown on national television. The Kentucky Exhibition Matches, Big Blue Madness, Blue-White Game and the SEC Tournament will also be broadcast on national television.
All of the games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2 and SEC Network) will also be available through the ESPN app, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider. All CBS Sports games will be available to stream live in US markets through the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app.
In addition to the televised schedule, schedules are now available for much of the 2020-21 Wildcats games.
While continuing to monitor the latest health and safety guidelines from local and national authorities, UK Athletics plans to operate venues at full capacity this season, including at Big Blue Madness.
Regardless of immunization status, all guests, staff and vendors will be required to wear a mask when visiting the Rupp Arena. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter Rupp Arena, but face coverings – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all fans when watching the game from their assigned seat and entering. , come out and move around the Rupp Arena. Children 2 and under will not be required to wear a mask. If spectators cannot wear masks, they are encouraged not to attend matches in person for the sake of their own health and that of others.
Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets are encouraged to enter the Men’s Basketball Season Ticket Lottery online. For more information on the lower tier seats currently available with a K Fund pledge pledge, please contact the UK Athletics K Fund staff at (859) 257-6300.
Big Blue Madness Presented by Papa John’s, the official announcement for the 2021-22 season, will return as an in-person event on October 15 at Rupp Arena. Tickets for the event, which are free, will be distributed exclusively online at Ticketmaster.com and through the Ticketmaster app starting at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, October 1.
Kentucky’s non-conference program features Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 9 during the Champions Classic – the opening of the regular season and the start of Mike Krzyzewski’s final season – the Unity Series opener against Southern on December 7, a trip to Notre Dame on December 11, Ohio State to Las Vegas on December 18 in the CBS Sports Classic, Louisville home on December 22, the return of former British coach Tubby Smith while visiting High Point on December 31 and a road game against Kansas on January 29 in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.
The non-conference schedule will give way to the typically difficult SEC slate. The UK will face their permanent opponents twice at home and away from Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, as well as host and visit Alabama and LSU. The Wildcats will face the remaining eight SEC opponents once. The league has won 21 spots in the last three NCAA tournaments, tied for second in college basketball in that span.
Kentucky will adopt a tough schedule with a solid mix of talent and experience. The UK’s roster includes one sixth year graduate, one fifth year graduate, one junior redshirt, six juniors, one sophomore redshirt, two sophomores and three highly prized four and five star freshmen. .
John Calipari’s side will return 42.1% of their minutes, 41.9% of their goals, 39.0% of rebounds, 42.4% of assists and 60.6% of 3 points from there. a season. For comparison, the only two Kentucky teams coached by Calipari who netted more minutes and more points (in terms of percentages) than the 2021-22 team is expected to return were the 2011-12 National Championship team and the 2014-15 Final Four team. who started the season 38-0.
Adding the Wildcats’ four transfers to the equation, Kentucky’s current roster for 2021-22 includes 13,385 minutes, 5,203 points, 1,917 rebounds, 1,132 assists and 543 3-point total in the production of college basketball.
In the latest ESPN preseason poll – in which the Wildcats make an appearance at No.9 – seven of Kentucky’s 2021-22 opponents make their appearances.
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