UK men's basketball notes: Kentucky-Kansas game chosen for ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

August 26, 2011 

  • College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

    Tuesday, Nov. 15

    12 a.m. — Washington State at Gonzaga (ESPN)

    2 a.m. — Northern Iowa at St. Mary's (ESPN)

    4 a.m. — South Alabama at Hawaii (ESPN)

    6 a.m. — Drexel at Rider (ESPN)

    8 a.m. — Morehead St. at Coll. of Charleston (ESPN)

    10 a.m. — Kent State at West Virginia (ESPN)

    Noon — Belmont vs. Memphis (ESPN)

    2 p.m. — San Diego State at Baylor (ESPN)

    4 p.m. — Rhode Island at Texas (ESPN)

    4 p.m. — Women: Louisville at Texas A&M (ESPNU)

    6 p.m. — Women: Miami vs. Tennessee (ESPN2)

    6 p.m. — TBA vs. Virginia Tech (ESPNU)

    7 p.m. — Duke vs. Michigan State (ESPN)

    8 p.m. — Florida at Ohio State (ESPN2)

    9 p.m. — Kentucky vs. Kansas (ESPN)

    10 p.m. — Austin Peay at California (ESPN2)

    11 p.m. — TBA vs. Stanford (ESPNU)

    TBA — TBA vs. Syracuse (

    TBA — Ark.-Pine Bluff at Okla. St. (

The Kentucky's men's basketball game against Kansas on Nov. 15 is part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, the network announced Thursday.

The two tradition-rich programs meet in the inaugural Champions Classic in Madison Square Garden, with Duke facing Michigan State in the night's opening game.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Jayhawks, 19-6. The schools haven't met since Kansas defeated Kentucky in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

The College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon features 19 games over a 24-hour period on ESPN's networks to highlight the start of the 2011-12 college basketball season.

The Morehead State men and the Louisville women are also included on the schedule.

Top prospect says he'll visit UK for Madness

Shabazz Muhammad, the player widely regarded as the top prospect in the class of 2012, told the Web site on Thursday that he will make an official visit to Kentucky for the school's Big Blue Madness celebration in October.

Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Las Vegas who is deemed an ideal fit for John Calipari's dribble-drive offense, said in a video interview that Kentucky is the only official visit he's certain he will be making.

New Rivals rankings out

The recruiting Web site released its post-summer rankings for the class of 2012 Thursday, and Kentucky target Shabazz Muhammad retained his No. 1 ranking.

The remainder of the top five are 6-10 center Andre Drummond of Massachusetts, 6-8 guard Kyle Anderson of New Jersey, 6-10 forward Mitch McGary of New Hampshire and 6-10 center Steven Adams from New Zealand.

Muhammad, Drummond and McGary have all said they're considering Kentucky.

UK women's clinic schedule set

The Kentucky men's basketball team has announced the schedule for its annual women's clinic for fans who want to learn more about the program.

Designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge, the clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, from 4-7 p.m. The cost is $100.

The clinic includes a tour of UK's practice facility, instruction about Coach John Calipari's dribble-drive offense, a Q and A session with Calipari and the Kentucky players, and presentations on UK's video and strength-and-conditioning departments.

The entire 2011-12 roster of players will be involved in the clinic, offering the public its first chance to see the group together.

Registration for the clinic is from 2-4 p.m. in the Joe Craft Center on Oct. 2. Participants may also register online at

No participants of a recruitable age will be allowed at the clinic. Any person entering seventh to 12th grade, junior college, or prep school cannot attend.

Contact the UK basketball office at 1-800-852-2875 or (859) 257-1916 for more information.

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