Kentucky hosts John Calipari’s Razorbacks, playing Texas and Oklahoma next season – NKyTribune

By Keith Taylor
Kentucky today

Coach John Calipari will bring Arkansas to Rupp Arena next season and Kentucky will have some new venues next season with games in Texas and Oklahoma.

The Southeastern Conference released the league portion of its men’s basketball schedule on Monday, and Kentucky will play all 15 league foes once next season, with home-and-home games against Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Kentucky will take on upstarts Texas and Oklahoma next season.

Mark Pope will play nine SEC home games next season, including one against Arkansas. (Photo by Les Nicholson, Kentucky Today)

The Wildcats play nine home games (Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt) at Rupp Arena. Road games are at Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Vanderbilt.

During his introductory press conference, Kentucky coach Mark Pope said his goal is simply to win.

“We try to win and our goal is to win every match we play,” he said. “That’s what we’re aiming for, trying to win. When we lose a game, if that happens, we will pick ourselves up and put ourselves back together and be resilient and ruthless and try to win the next one. That’s Kentucky’s DNA. If Kentuckians know one thing, they know that they have to work hard one day, and then get up the next day and work hard again. That is what we know here.”

Kentucky’s non-conference schedule has yet to be released, but the Wildcats will play Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic, Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic, Gonzaga and Louisville.

Dates and times will be announced later.

UK’S SEC schedule 2024-2025:

• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Chestnut brown
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
•Texas A&M
• • in Alabama
• in Georgia
• at Ole Miss
• in the state of Mississippi
• in Missouri
• in Oklahoma
• in Tennessee
• in Texas
• at Vanderbilt