SEC released league schedule

Kentucky got more than its share of made-for-TV matchups when the Southeastern Conference released its women’s basketball schedule conference schedule on Friday morning.

The Cats, projected to be a top 10 team by ESPN’s Charlie Creme at the end of last season, will meet Creme’s No. 2 South Carolina and No. 3 Tennessee twice this season.

The Gamecocks are UK’s permanent home and away opponent and the Cats got the Lady Volunteers and Ole Miss as the other home-and-away opponents this season.

UK will face Creme’s No. 4 Texas A&M at Memorial Coliseum (Feb. 19) and go on the road against No. 17 LSU (Jan. 18) and No. 23 Arkansas (Feb. 26).

Kentucky will have four games appear on one of the ESPN networks and eight more on the “SEC on ESPN” platform.

The Cats’ eight conference games at home are against Florida (Jan. 15), Tennessee (Jan. 29), Georgia (Feb. 1), Mississippi State (Feb. 12), Texas A&M (Feb. 19) and a Senior Day game against South Carolina on March 1.

The end of UK’s league play includes three of the final five games on the road — including the one in Knoxville, where UK won 75-71 last season, its first win at Thompson-Boling Arena in school history — and the two home games against potential top 10 opponents for Kentucky.

The conference tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in North Little Rock, Ark., from March 4-8.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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