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A closer look at Kentucky’s SEC basketball scheduling since latest expansion

In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Florida head coach Mike White calls out to his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. on Feb. 18, 2017. Kentucky will play Florida twice in 2017-18, once in Lexington and once in Gainesville.
In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Florida head coach Mike White calls out to his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. on Feb. 18, 2017. Kentucky will play Florida twice in 2017-18, once in Lexington and once in Gainesville. Associated Press

The SEC announced Thursday morning the home and road opponents for the 2017-18 conference basketball season.

Defending league and tournament champion Kentucky will play home games against Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

The Cats will play road games against Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Since the SEC expanded to 14 teams in 2012-13 with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the conference has played an unbalanced 18-game schedule. Under the initial format, each school played one “permanent” opponent home and away each season while playing four others on a home-and-away rotating basis.

Starting with the 2015-16 season, the league designated three so-called “permanent” opponents for each school. Kentucky’s three are Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The Cats play the other 10 league schools at least once and play two schools twice on a rotating basis.

Under the two formats, Florida is the only opponent that Kentucky has played twice each season since the league expansion.

Here’s a look at how many times UK has faced each conference school over the last five seasons, including records and games.

Florida

Games: 10

Home: 5

Away: 5

Record: 6-4

2/12/13 @Florida L 52-69

3/9/13 Florida W 61-57

2/15/14 Florida L 59-69

3/8/14 @Florida L 65-84

2/7/15 @Florida W 68-61

3/7/15 Florida W 67-50

2/6/16 Florida W 80-61

3/1/16 @Florida W 88-79

2/4/17 @Florida L 66-88

2/25/17 Florida W 76-66

Tennessee

Games: 8

Home: 4

Away: 4

Record: 5-3

1/15/13 Tennessee W 75-65

2/16/13 @Tennessee L 58-88

1/18/14 Tennessee W 74-66

2/17/15 @Tennessee W 66-48

2/2/16 @Tennessee L 77-84

2/18/16 Tennessee W 80-70

1/24/17 @Tennessee L 80-82

2/14/17 Tennessee W 83-58

Vanderbilt

Games: 8

Home: 4

Away: 4

Record: 7-1

1/10/13 @Vanderbilt W 60-58

2/20/13 Vanderbilt W 74-70

1/11/14 @Vanderbilt W 71-62

1/20/15 Vanderbilt W 65-57

1/23/16 Vanderbilt W 76-57

2/27/16 @Vanderbilt L 62-74

1/10/17 @Vanderbilt W 87-81

2/28/17 Vanderbilt W 73-67

Alabama

Games: 7

Home: 3

Away: 4

Record: 6-1

2017-18: 1 (home)

1/22/13 @Alabama L 55-59

3/4/14 Alabama W 55-48

1/17/15 @Alabama W 78-40

1/31/15 Alabama W 70-55

1/9/16 @Alabama W 77-61

2/23/16 Alabama W 79-53

2/11/17 @Alabama W 67-58

Georgia

Games: 7

Home: 4

Away: 3

Record: 6-1

3/7/13 @Georgia L 62-72

1/25/14 Georgia W 79-54

2/3/15 Georgia W 69-58

3/3/15 @Georgia W 72-64

2/9/16 Georgia W 82-48

1/31/17 Georgia W 90-81 (OT)

2/18/17 @Georgia W 82-77

LSU

Games: 7

Home: 4

Away: 3

Record: 5-2

1/26/13 LSU W 75-70

1/28/14 @LSU L 82-87

2/22/14 LSU W 77-76 (OT)

2/10/15 @LSU W 71-69

1/5/16 @LSU L 67-85

3/5/16 LSU W 94-77

2/7/17 LSU W 92-85

Texas A&M

Games: 7

Home: 3

Away: 4

Record: 5-2

1/12/13 Texas A&M L 71-83

2/2/13 @Texas A&M W 72-68 (OT)

1/21/14 Texas A&M W 68-51

1/10/15 @Texas A&M W 70-64 (OT)

2/20/16 @Texas A&M L 77-79 (OT)

1/3/17 Texas A&M W 100-58

3/4/17 @Texas A&M W 71-63

Arkansas

Games: 6

Home: 3

Away: 3

Record 3-3

3/2/13 @Arkansas L 60-73

1/14/14 @Arkansas L 85-87 (OT)

2/27/14 Arkansas L 67-71 (OT)

2/28/15 Arkansas W 84-67

1/21/16 @Arkansas W 80-66

1/7/17 Arkansas W 97-71

Auburn

Games: 6

Home: 3

Away: 3

Record: 5-1

1/19/13 @Auburn W 75-53

2/9/13 Auburn W 72-62

2/12/14 @Auburn W 64-56

2/21/15 Auburn W 110-75

1/16/16 @Auburn L 70-75

1/14/17 Auburn W 92-72

Missouri

Games: 6

Home: 3

Away: 3

Record: 6-0

2/23/13 Missouri W 90-83

2/1/14 @Missouri W 84-79

1/13/15 Missouri W 86-37

1/29/15 @Missouri W 69-53

1/27/16 Missouri W 88-54

2/21/17 @Missouri W 72-62

Ole Miss

Games: 6

Home: 3

Away: 3

Record: 6-0

1/29/13 @Ole Miss W 87-74

2/4/14 Ole Miss W 80-64

2/18/14 @Ole Miss W 84-70

1/6/15 Ole Miss W 89-86 (OT)

1/2/16 Ole Miss W 83-61

12/29/16 @Ole Miss W 99-76

Miss State

Games: 6

Home: 3

Away: 3

Record: 6-0

2/27/13 Miss St W 85-55

1/8/14 Miss St W 85-63

2/8/14 @Miss St W 69-59

2/25/15 @Miss St W 74-56

1/12/16 Miss St W 80-74

1/17/17 @Miss St W 88-81

South Carolina

Games: 6

Home: 3

Away: 3

Record: 5-1

2/5/13 S Carolina W 77-55

3/1/14 @S Carolina L 67-72

1/24/15 @S Carolina W 58-43

2/14/15 S Carolina W 77-43

2/13/16 @S Carolina W 89-62

1/21/17 S Carolina W 85-69

Kentucky’s SEC basketball opponents for 2017-18

Team

Home

Away

Alabama

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Arkansas

 

x

Auburn

 

x

Florida

x

x

Georgia

x

 

LSU

 

x

Miss State

x

 

Missouri

x

x

Ole Miss

x

 

S Carolina

 

x

Tennessee

x

x

Texas A&M

x

x

Vanderbilt

x

x

SEC basketball permanent opponents

Alabama - Auburn / Mississippi State / LSU

Arkansas - Missouri / Texas A&M / LSU

Auburn - Alabama / Ole Miss / Georgia

Florida - Kentucky / Georgia / Vanderbilt

Georgia - South Carolina / Florida / Auburn

Kentucky - Florida / Tennessee / Vanderbilt

LSU - Texas A&M / Alabama / Arkansas

Ole Miss - Mississippi State / Auburn / Missouri

Mississippi State - Ole Miss / Alabama / South Carolina

Missouri - Arkansas / Texas A&M / Ole Miss

South Carolina - Georgia / Tennessee / Mississippi State

Tennessee - Vanderbilt / Kentucky / South Carolina

Texas A&M - LSU / Arkansas / Missouri

Vanderbilt - Tennessee / Kentucky / Florida

SEC basketball opponents for 2017-18

Alabama

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Auburn

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Florida

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Georgia

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Kentucky

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Ole Miss

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Mississippi State

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Missouri

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South Carolina

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Tennessee

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Texas A&M

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Vanderbilt

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