Over the past week or so, details have been released on the 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats basketball schedule and it is shaping up to be quite the schedule. One of the more appealing games is the Kentucky vs Texas matchup in the SEC / Big 12 Classic. That game has been tabbed as the best game of the event, overshadowing even Florida vs Kansas.
1. Texas at Kentucky: Call your friends. Get your popcorn ready. This will be phenomenal. Well, at least it appears that way right now. When Myles Turner, the nation’s No. 2 prospect in the 2014 ESPN 100, picked Texas, he transformed the Longhorns into a Big 12 title contender and potential national power. The Longhorns had a solid stable even before Turner’s decision. Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes helped the Longhorns orchestrate one of the most surprising runs to the NCAA tourney in the country last season, considering all the departures from the previous season’s team. It’s fitting that Texas’ ridiculous frontcourt will face the “Voltron” of college basketball frontcourts. Kentucky will be a problem for the rest of the country. Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee would form the nation’s top frontcourt without any help. Add blue-chip recruits Trey Lyles and Karl Towns Jr. and, well, you can see this is a rare pool of NBA prospects in one frontcourt. Plus Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison are back. And a couple McDonald’s All Americans will come off the bench. Is Texas a legitimate contender? Is Kentucky the top team in America and the national title favorite? This matchup could answer both questions.
Yesterday, we learned of the addition of a couple of exhibition games to the Kentucky basketball schedule next year. Pikeville and Georgetown were added as exhibition games. Here is a look at what we know about the 2014-15 schedule this far and the dates.
11/2/2014: Pikeville @ Kentucky (EX)
11/7/2014: Georgetown @ Kentucky (EX)
11/18/2014: Kentucky vs Kansas, Champions Classic – Indianapolis
12/5/2014: Texas @ Kentucky, SEC/Big 12 Challenge
12/7/2014: EKU @ Kentucky
12/20/2014: Kentucky vs UCLA, CBS Classic – Chicago
And here are the games that we know but the dates have not been announced yet:
Providence @ Kentucky
North Carolina @ Kentucky
Louisville @ Kentucky
One thing is for sure. We won’t hear the season ticket holders whining about the Rupp Arena schedule this year.
Barry Rohrrsen will officially meet the media today as the new assistant coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He will have a press conference at 2:00 PM and you can watch the press conference on the WBN later today. Rohrrsen has already made a huge impact in the recruitment of Cheick Diallo. Pitt had been considered the favorite for Diallo, due to his relationship with Rohrrsen, and he now has a UK offer.
KSTV caught up with Evan Daniels, who talked a bit about Diallo and wrapped up Kentucky’s 2014 class.