Kentucky is adding a non-conference opponent to the 2022-23 schedule



Kentucky has added another non-conference opponent to its 2022-23 schedule, according to a report.

Per CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothsteinthe Wildcats will host Yale at the Rupp Arena this season, with a date and time yet to be determined.

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Britain’s confirmed 2022-23 non-conference opponents include games against Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis (Nov. 15), at Gonzaga (Nov. 20), Michigan in London (Dec. 4), UCLA at the CBS Sports Classic in New York (Dec. 17), vs. archrival Louisville (Dec. 31), and vs. Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge (Jan. 28).

The Cats will also reportedly host North Florida (Nov. 18), Bellarmine (Nov. 29) and Duquesne (TBA).

The Wildcats’ 2022-23 SEC schedule, released in late June, includes home and away games against Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt; home games against Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M; and street games in Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss. Dates, tip times and television designations will be announced later this summer.

It is only the second-ever meeting between Kentucky and Yale and the first since 1961, when Great Britain achieved a 79-58 home win. The Bulldogs finished last season 19-12, losing to Purdue 78-56 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Meanwhile, Great Britain was unanimously voted national player of the year Oscar TshiebweSEC assistant guide and launch point guard Sahvir Wheelerreserve ahead Jacob Toppin, lance goods and Daimion Collinsand sniper CJ Frederickwho missed last season with a hamstring injury.

Overall, UK is returning 42.8% of his minutes, 44.3% of his points, 58.4% of his rebounds, 53.8% of his assists, 72.9% of his blocks and 50% of his steals from a team that has a majority des Reasons ranked in the top 5, winning 26 games before suffering a stunning loss to 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s, who went on to reach the Elite 8.

During the regular season, Kentucky defeated the two teams that were playing for the national championship – Kansas and North Carolina – by a combined 47 points.

The Wildcats also add a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans Chris Livingston and Cason Wallaceand 4-star Pittsburgh Guard Adou Thieroand high-scoring Illinois State transfer Antonio Reeveswho averaged over 20 points per game for the Redbirds last season.

Four star center and top 40 view Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso also just arrived on campus on Thursday.

On his overseas trip to the Bahamas, Kentucky won his four games, averaging 50 points per game. Great Britain won their games by 52, 62, 62 and 24 points respectively, scoring over 100 points in three of the four games and 98 points in the other.

Offensively, the Cats flew up and down the court, shooting 54.8 percent from the floor, 38.1 percent from the 3-point line, and 84.8 percent from the free throw line while averaging 23 assists per game.

Defensively, they averaged 14.0 steals and 7.3 blocks while forcing their opponents to 21.3 turnovers per game and a 19.3 rebound advantage on the glass. The UK’s stifling defense allowed teams to overshoot just 36.3 percent and 24.7 percent on the week.

“My message to the players now is don’t drink the poison. Don’t read the newspaper clippings. Don’t listen to the accolades of that trip. We’ve been good, but nowhere near where we’ll be if they stay hungry , but modestly,” said the British head coach John Calipari said.

“My focus now is where I take each and every player to be their best version on the pitch. We can already see their best versions off the court, doing what they do for the people of Kentucky. Special group!”

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