BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The roadmap for an unprecedented 50th Southeastern Conference regular-season championship has officially taken shape with the announcement of the 2021-22 home-and-away designations for the entire league’s schedule. On Monday, the SEC announced assignments for all 14-member institutions, including revealing the home-and-away opponents for each team.
As announced prior to the 2015-16 season, Kentucky’s permanent home-and-away opponents include Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. This upcoming season, the Wildcats will also play Alabama and LSU twice in the regular season.
Kentucky’s league home schedule will include the five aforementioned teams as well as Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss. UK’s road matchups will come against Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina and Texas A&M in addition to Alabama and LSU and the three permanent home-and-home opponents.
Times, dates and television information will be announced at a later date.
The SEC has had 21 NCAA Tournament selections over the last three tournaments. One team has advanced to the Elite Eight in nine of the last 11 tournaments and every team has made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six seasons.
UK’s home-and-home slate features five intriguing matchups. The Wildcats will matchup with Alabama for a home-and-home series for the second straight season. The Crimson Tide are the reigning champions of both the regular season and tournament crowns and won both meetings a season ago against Kentucky. The Wildcats are 114-40 all-time against the Tide.
Kentucky earned an 82-69 win over LSU in the teams’ lone matchup in 2020-21. It will mark the first time since 2015-16 that the two teams will play twice in a season.
The Wildcats own a 10-game winning streak over Vanderbilt, but it hasn’t been easy for the Cats. UK has had to overcome double-digit deficits in five of those victories. The Wildcats needed to rally from nine back for a 77-74 win at home last season.
Kentucky has played Tennessee more than any other program in the country and owns a 157-75 all-time series record. The visiting teams claimed wins in the two matchups a season ago for the second straight year.
Kentucky will also play Florida twice again next season after splitting against the Gators last year. Florida was 15-10 in 2020-21 but earned an NCAA Tournament berth. UK leads the all-time series by a 105-41 mark.
Further enhancing the competitiveness of the league, 22 of ESPN.com’s Top 100 recruits having signed with SEC schools for the 2021-22 class. The SEC boasts five of ESPN.com’s Top 25 incoming recruiting classes.
In addition to a difficult path through the SEC, UK’s nonconference schedule is filled with bluebloods, marquee home games and exciting road trips for fans.
Season ticket renewals will begin in early August, and all returning season ticket holders from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons will receive information by email when the renewal campaign begins. Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets are encouraged to sign up online for the men’s basketball season ticket lottery.
The Wildcats currently have dates now set with five opponents for the upcoming season.
- Duke – Nov. 9 | Madison Square Garden (New York) | Champions Classic
- at Michigan – Dec. 4 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Crisler Center
- Notre Dame – Dec. 11 | TBA
- Ohio State – Dec. 18 | T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas) | CBS Sports Classic
- at Kansas – Jan. 29 | Lawrence, Kan. | Allen Fieldhouse
Kentucky will take on a challenging schedule with a solid blend of talent and experience.