UK releases non-conference schedule featuring 12 teams that made postseason in 2016-17

FILE - In this March 28, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari flips his whistle during practice in Indianapolis. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are the first of this year’s potential one-and-done prospects to declare for the draft at Kentucky, but Calipari’s next wave of touted recruits is on deck. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FIle)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - One of the goals of a schedule is to prepare a team for postseason play and the 2017-18 Kentucky men’s non-conference basketball schedule, which was unveiled Tuesday, checks off that box.

Twelve of UK’s 13 non-conference opponents in the upcoming season made a postseason tournament in 2017, including eight of which made the NCAA Tournament. Three of those advanced to the Sweet 16 or better.

Five teams finished the 2016-17 season with an RPI in the top 50 and four ended the season in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll. All told, Kentucky’s 2017-18 non-conference opponents combined for a record of 314-134 in 2016-17, a .701 winning percentage.

Here are the non-conference opponents and click here for more information on the schedule:

  • Nov. 10 vs. Utah Valley in Rupp Arena. Note: The Wolverines are coached by 1996 Kentucky men’s basketball national championship player Mark Pope. The matchup is one of seven first-time opponents for UK. Two days later, Kentucky will host another first-time opponent in Vermont, which posted a 29-6 record in 2016-17 in addition to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • Nov. 12 vs. Vermont in Rupp Arena.
  • Nov. 14 vs. Kansas in Chicago
  • Nov. 17 (Adolph Rupp Classic) vs. East Tennessee State in Rupp Arena.
  • Nov. 20 (Adolph Rupp Classic) vs. Troy in Rupp Arena.
  • Nov. 22 (Adolph Rupp Classic) vs. Fort Wayne in Rupp Arena.
  • Nov. 22 (Adolph Rupp Classic) vs. UIC in Rupp Arena.
  • Dec. 2 vs. Harvard in Rupp Arena.
  • Dec. 9 vs. Monmouth in Madison Square Garden, New York.
  • Dec. 16 vs. Virginia Tech in Rupp Arena.
  • Dec. 23 vs. UCLA in New Orleans.
  • Dec. 29 vs. Louisville in Rupp Arena.
  • Jan. 27 at West Virginia.

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