Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will open the season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics photo)

The Wildcats unveiled a schedule Friday that will feature nine non-conference games and 18 Southeastern Conference encounters beginning Nov. 25 against Morehead State in the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena.

The showcase also will feature Detroit Mercy and Richmond, with each team playing the other once. The Wildcats will take on Mercy on Nov. 27 and Richmond two days later.

The seating capacity at Rupp Arena will be at 15% and adjustments will be made to accommodate fans, players, coaches and other personnel in attendance this year.  

"This schedule will serve as a great test for our young team," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We will have to learn to fail fast. Things will be a bit different in how we do things to stay safe, but we are going to make this as normal of an experience for our players and our fans as we can, and I'm confident what we've put together will prepare us to make a run at the end of the season. Like everyone else, I can't wait to return to competition."

All but two of Kentucky's five games in December will be at home. The Wildcats will play Kansas in the Champions Classic on Dec. 1 at a site to be announced and will take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Dec. 6.

Kentucky also will play Notre Dame at home on Dec. 12, followed by a neutral site game against UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 19 in Cleveland. 

The Wildcats will take on in-state rival Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 26, before starting SEC play against South Carolina on Dec. 29 at Rupp Arena.

In the league, Kentucky will play Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Auburn twice, in addition to games against South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

Kentucky will host Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 30. Although top-heavy, Calipari is glad the school and conference were able to produce a schedule for the upcoming season.

"With all that we've been through the last eight months, we are beyond grateful to return to competition and begin the 2020-21 season," Calipari said. "We don't know exactly how this is all going to play out with the virus, but the health and safety of our players and our staff is going to be at the forefront of everything we do.

"I want to commend our staff for being on top of the schedule. When it became clear to us that we were going to have to make adjustments, our staff was all over it. I am really pleased that we not only preserved most of our previous agreements but also kept the type of opponents on our schedule that are going to challenge our guys and help them grow."

2020-2021 schedule

Nov. 25 Morehead State

Nov. 27 Detroit Mercy

Nov. 29 Richmond

Dec. 1 Kansas (Site TBD)

Dec. 6 Georgia Tech (Atlanta)

Dec. 12 Notre Dame

Dec. 19 UCLA (Cleveland)

Dec. 26 Louisville

Dec. 29 South Carolina

Jan. 2 at Mississippi State

Jan. 5 Vanderbillt

Jan. 9 at Florida

Jan. 12 Alabama

Jan. 16 at Auburn

Jan. 20 at Georgia

Jan. 23 LSU

Jan. 26 at Alabama

Jan. 30 Texas

Feb. 2 at Missouri

Feb. 6 Tennessee

Feb. 9 Arkansas

Feb. 13 Auburn

Feb. 17 at Vanderbilt

Feb. 20 at Tennessee

Feb. 23 Texas A&M 

Feb. 27 Florida

March 2 at Ole Miss

March 10-14 SEC Tournament (Nashville)

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