"It seems to get tougher every year. We are still trying to find all the right dates and slots for the games we need," Mullens said.
"Basketball scheduling is a lot more complicated than football because it is basically year to year. In football, you can do more advance scheduling. You have more complicated TV arrangements in basketball and we also do not play in our own facility, so that can complicate scheduling.
"You have to deal with finals week, a lot more travel concerns and a lot more games. The league (Southeastern Conference) sets the league schedule, but that still leaves a lot of non-conference games."
Mullens says not to expect major scheduling changes.
"We will have all the traditional games. We are going to Maui, a trip I have not made before because my schedule has kept me here," he said. "But Maui is a scheduling challenge. You get three games, but you also have so much travel time that you try to cram in games before you go."
Mullens did say Kentucky will open the season Nov. 12, the first day the NCAA allows teams to play official games. UK will play Nov. 22-24 in Maui.
He says he is still filling a few slots on future football schedules, but has enjoyed working with new coach Joker Phillips.
"Joker had the advantage of already being here and was up to speed on a lot of our processes already," Mullens said. "He hit the ground running and is doing an outstanding job just like Rich Brooks did."