The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team continued to solidify dates for its 2016-17 schedule with the announcement Thursday of a game against Hofstra at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Wildcats will play Hofstra on Dec. 11 as part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival. LIU-Brooklyn will face St. John’s in the second game of the doubleheader that day.
Hofstra finished 24-10 last season, losing to George Washington in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Dec. 11 game will mark the first meeting between Kentucky and Hofstra.
The Kentucky-Hofstra game was originally supposed to be the first sporting event in the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y., but the reopening of that venue was delayed.
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On Wednesday, UK locked in four preseason exhibition events — Big Blue Madness on Oct. 14, the Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 21 and home exhibition games against Clarion on Oct. 30 and Asbury on Nov. 6.
Other non-conference games confirmed for 2016-17 include:
Nov. 15: vs. Michigan State (Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York)
Nov. 28: vs. Arizona State (Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas)
Dec. 3: vs. UCLA (Rupp Arena)
Dec. 17: vs. North Carolina (CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.)
Kentucky will also play its annual game against Louisville, this year at the KFC Yum Center, and host a game in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Also, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh announced Wednesday it will visit Kentucky for a game this season.
Dates for those games have not yet been made official.