Kentucky’s home schedule will take on a more downtown feel this season with the school announcing it will play three regular-season games in Rupp Arena.
It’s the first time in a decade the UK women will play that many games at Rupp, and the first one will be against Tennessee as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team on New Year’s Eve.
The other Rupp games will be against defending national champion South Carolina on Jan. 21 and Louisiana State on Feb. 4.
All three games will tip off at noon. The SEC Network will carry the games against the Lady Vols and Tigers. The game against the Gamecocks slated for ESPNU.
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“The atmosphere we’ve had in past games we’ve played there has been incredible,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said in a UK release about the Rupp games. “I know the Big Blue Nation will give us a great advantage again this year.”
The women play at noon on Dec. 31, and the men will face Georgia at 6 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The games will be ticketed separately.
Single-game tickets to all of Kentucky’s 16 home games will go on sale Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
It’s just the sixth time in program history and the first time since the 2007-08 season that UK has played three or more regular-season games in Rupp.
This also is the third and final year the downtown venue will play host to an NCAA Tournament regional for the women’s tournament (March 23-26). Kentucky is eligible to play in the Lexington Regional as long as no more than four of its regular-season games are played there.
The Southeastern Conference announced TV selections and game times for Kentucky’s 16 conference games Wednesday.
Eleven games will be televised nationally, with eight on the SEC Network, two on ESPNU and one on either ESPNU or ESPN2.
Two conference games moved from Sunday to Monday because of TV selections. The Wildcats will play at Vanderbilt on Monday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. EST on the SEC Network and at Arkansas on Monday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. EST on the SEC Network.
The SEC Tournament will be played Feb. 28 through March 4 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
2017-18 UK women’s basketball schedule
Home games in capital letters. All times Eastern)
Nov. 5: 1-SOUTHERN INDIANA, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10: 2-SACRAMENTO STATE, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Nov. 12: 2-GARDNER-WEBB, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Nov. 16: At Montana, 9 p.m.
Nov. 19: At Washington State, 4 p.m.
Nov. 22: 2-MOREHEAD STATE, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Nov. 26: MARSHALL, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Nov. 30: 3-At Baylor, TBA
Dec. 3: TENNESSEE TECH, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Dec. 5: EVANSVILLE, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Dec. 8: At Florida Gulf Coast, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: At Miami (Fla.), 1 p.m.
Dec. 17: LOUISVILLE, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Dec. 21: CALIFORNIA, Noon (SEC Network)
Dec. 28: At Middle Tennessee, TBA
Dec. 31: 4-TENNESSEE, Noon (SEC Network)
Jan. 4: At Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 7: GEORGIA, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Jan. 11: At Florida, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Jan. 15: At Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Jan. 21: 4-SOUTH CAROLINA, Noon (ESPNU)
Jan. 25: ALABAMA, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Jan. 29: At Arkansas, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Feb. 1: AUBURN, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Feb. 4: 4-LSU, Noon (SEC Network)
Feb. 8: At Missouri, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Feb. 11: At Mississippi State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Feb. 15: ARKANSAS, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
Feb. 18: At South Carolina, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Feb. 22: At Mississippi, 8:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Feb. 25: MISSISSIPPI STATE, Noon or 4 p.m. (ESPNU or ESPN2)
Feb. 28-March 4: 5-SEC Tournament (TBA)
1-Exhibition; 2-Matthew Mitchell Classic; 3-SEC-Big 12 Challenge; 4-Rupp Arena; 5-Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.