UK basketball fans never need an excuse to get excited about next season.
“Next season” officially begins Oct. 14 with the annual spectacle of Big Blue Madness, introducing the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Madness will begin at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena and will air on the SEC Network, according to a school news release.
That’s just the beginning of the exhibition slate, which will encompass Madness, the Blue-White Scrimmage and UK’s first two exhibition games vs. Clarion and Asbury. All events and games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts. All four events will also be televised live by the SEC Network.
Just one week from the official opening of the 2016- 17 season, the annual Blue- White Scrimmage will take place Oct. 21. Tipping off at 7 p.m., fans of the Big Blue Nation will see next year’s team in action, including the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class of Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya
Jones and Malik Monk.
Kentucky will once again have two exhibition contests before opening up regular-season action. UK will take on Clarion, the alma mater of head coach John Calipari, on Oct. 30. A week later UK’s final tuneup will pit Asbury vs. the Wildcats on Nov. 6.
Oct. 14: BIG BLUE MADNESS (SEC Network)
Oct. 21: BLUE-WHITE SCRIMMAGE (SEC Network)
Oct. 30: CLARION, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Nov. 6: ASBURY, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Nov. 11: STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Nov. 13: CANISIUS
Nov. 15: Michigan State
Nov. 20: DUQUESNE
Nov. 23: CLEVELAND STATE
Nov. 25: TENNESSEEMARTIN
Nov. 28: Arizona State
Dec. 3: UCLA
Dec. 7: VALPARAISO
Dec. 11: Hofstra
Dec. 17: North Carolina
Dec. 21: at Louisville
Jan. 28: KANSAS
(Home games in caps.)