I realize that the 2012-13 basketball season is not quite history for the Kentucky Wildcats, but some exciting news about future schedules was announced today. According to Adam Zagoria, both Kentucky and the Maryland Terrapins have signed multi-year deals with the Barclay Center.
Next year, the Wildcats and their five McDonald’s All-Americans will face a young Providence team Dec. 1, while Maryland will also play a game TBD.
Kentucky’s 2013 recruiting class features McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-Americans Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and James Young. Those five will play in the Jordan Game April 13 at Barclays, too.
Providence loses only senior Vincent Council from its current roster and returns several key young players, including guards Kris Dunn and Josh Fortune, as well as junior forward Kadeem Batts, who named the Big East Co-Most Improved Player. The Friars will add transfers Carson Desrosiers and Tyler Harris and expect to have scoring sensation Ricky Ledo eligible as well.
“We are excited to return to Barclays Center next year to play Providence,” said Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari. “This season’s game against Maryland was an NCAA Tournament environment in November. It’s a great building and a great city. We’re looking forward to being back in Brooklyn next season and beyond.”
Next years schedule is shaping up quite well for Kentucky with North Carolina returning and a home game versus Louisville. Don’t forget, Kentucky will also face Baylor in Texas Stadium in a mens/womens doubleheader. No other terms were announced as to how long the ‘Multi-year” deal runs for.