SEC announces dates for league games, finalizing Kentucky Wildcats' basketball schedule

The Southeastern Conference released dates for its 2016-17 men's basketball season on Tuesday, finalizing the schedule for Kentucky.

The Wildcats will open league play on Dec. 29, the earliest date since the 1987-88 season, in the newly constructed Pavilion at Ole Miss. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

A rematch with SEC co-champion Texas A&M comes on Jan. 3 at Rupp Arena, an early highlight of the league slate which will be broadcast in the 9 p.m. ET slot on ESPN. The Cats and Aggies split two games last season with A&M winning the regular-season matchup in College Station and UK winning the SEC Tournament championship game in Nashville. 

Another potential highlight will come on Jan. 17 when the Wildcats travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State on ESPN. The Bulldogs had Scout's No. 8 signing class for 2016, joining UK among the elite groups in the country. 

For those seeking a potential "trap game," Kentucky plays Georgia at home on Jan. 31 only three days after facing Kansas in a highly anticipated Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup.

UK plays back to back road games only once -- Feb. 18 and 21 -- at Georgia and Missouri, respectively. 

The Cats travel to Texas A&M for the regular-season finale on March 4. The game will be broadcast by CBS Sports.

Each of the games can be seen from anywhere in the nation. SEC Network will televise 68 games, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 32 contests, ESPNU 20 and CBS Sports six. The SEC’s games on ESPN platforms are exclusively branded as the “SEC on ESPN.”

The SEC Tournament will be held March 8-12 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


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