July 3, 2014

UNC at Kentucky set for Dec. 13, and other Tar Heels basketball dates of note

North Carolina's men's basketball team will play the Wildcats on Dec. 13 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

There is a date in place for the North Carolina-Kentucky basketball game, and that date is Dec. 13. The Tar Heels and Wildcats will play at noon that Saturday in Rupp Arena, according to Kentucky’s non-conference schedule, which is now posted.

Not too surprising, this news. The Tar Heels and Wildcats played on the same weekend in December last year in the Smith Center – a memorable 82-77 UNC victory in front of a whiteout crowd in Chapel Hill. Previous UNC-Kentucky games have been around this time of year, too.

The last time UNC played at Rupp Arena, Kentucky held on for a 73-72 victory on Dec. 3, 2011. The Wildcats won that game thanks in no small part to Anthony Davis’ block of a John Henson shot in the final seconds. Kentucky went on to win the national championship.

Now that we know this date, UNC’s schedule non-conference schedule – at least the part of it that will generate the most interest – is pretty well set. Some dates of note:

Nov. 26-26 – Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. In addition to UNC the eight-team field includes Butler, Florida, Georgetown, Oklahoma, UAB, UCLA and Wisconsin.

Dec. 3 – vs. Iowa (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Dec. 13 – at Kentucky

Dec. 20 – vs. Ohio State, in Chicago

So, as usual, the Tar Heels are playing quite the difficult non-conference schedule. Kentucky is No. 1 in CBSSports.com’s early top 25. Ohio State is No. 21. UNC is 7th, and Florida and Wisconsin, teams UNC could face in the Bahamas, are among the top six.

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