The 2022-23 Kentucky men’s basketball schedule has been set (Download it here)

The 2022-23 Kentucky men’s basketball schedule has been set. You can see the full schedule here or download a printable 2022-23 Kentucky men’s basketball schedule here.  Along with the 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule announced last month, the Wildcats will play 13 nonconference contests, along with a pair of exhibitions.

Every UK game will be on national television or via streaming through CBS or ESPN’s family of networks, including Network. Kentucky’s exhibition games, Pro Day, Big Blue Madness, Blue-White Game and the SEC Tournament will also be broadcast or streamed.

The 2022-23 Kentucky men’s basketball schedule will begin with a pair of exhibition contests against Missouri Western State on Oct. 30 and Kentucky State on Nov. 3. Between the 13-game nonconference slate and the schedule, Kentucky will take on 11  Tournament teams from a year ago. Some notes on the Wildcats’ 2022-23 opponents: Kentucky’s nonconference schedule features home games with and reigning national champion Kansas in the / Challenge to go along with an away contest at Gonzaga in Spokane. In addition, the Wildcats face neutral-site matchups with Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis, Michigan in London and against UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic in New York. Kentucky also hosts Duquesne, South Carolina State and North Florida in the three-game Tribute Classic presented by Kentucky Tourism.

In conference play, Kentucky faces Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt both home and away. The Wildcats host Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M and travel to Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss.

Ten teams received postseason invitations last season, including six to the NCAA Tournament. The SEC has had 27 NCAA Tournament selections over the last four tournaments. The SEC Tournament returns to Nashville, Tennessee, when Bridgestone Arena hosts the event from March 8-12, 2023.


Opponent2021-22 RecordPostseasonFinal NET RankingFinal Ranking (AP/Coaches) Final RankingSeries HistoryLast Meeting
Missouri Western State (Exh.)14-17Never met
Kentucky State (Exh.)9-152-0 (in exhibitions)UK won, 83-51 on Nov. 1, 2019 (exhibition)
Howard16-13241-/-234Never metFirst meeting
Duquesne6-24278-/-280UK leads 2-0UK won 93-59 on Nov. 20, 2016
Michigan St.23-13NCAA Second Round38-/-42UK leads 14-11UK won 69-62 on Nov. 5, 2019
South Carolina State15-16302-/-306UK leads 1-0UK won 82-67 on March 13, 1998

Sweet 16

15/11UK leads 1-0UK won 80-72 on Nov. 27, 2002
North Florida11-20275-/-272UK leads 1-0UK won 86-52 on Nov. 26, 2021
Bellarmine20-13197-/-200Never metFirst meeting

Sweet 16

2725/-27UK leads 5-2UK won 75-72 on March 30, 2014
Yale19-12NCAA First Round149-/-147UK leads 1-0UK won 79-58 on Dec. 27, 1961

Sweet 16

1111/1111UK leads 8-7UCLA won 60-54 on Dec. 23, 2017
Florida A&M13-17310-/-309UK leads 1-0UK won 96-76 on March 19, 2004
Louisville13-19130-/-127UK leads 37-17UofL won 62-59 on Dec. 26, 2020
Kansas34-6NCAA Champion31/33UK leads 24-10UK won 80-62 on Jan. 29, 2021
Missouri12-21151-/-137UK leads 14-2UK won 83-56 on Dec. 29, 2021
LSU22-12NCAA First Round20-/-21UK leads 92-28UK won 71-66 on Feb. 23, 2022
Alabama19-14NCAA First Round32-/-28UK leads 116-40UK won 90-81 on Feb. 19, 2022
South Carolina18-1393-/-99UK leads 54-13UK won 86-76 on Feb. 8, 2022
Tennessee27-8NCAA Second Round715/59UK leads 158-77UT won 69-62 on March 12, 2022
Georgia6-26223-/-219UK leads 130-27UK won 92-77 on Jan. 8, 2022
Texas A&M27-13 Championship Game36-/-33UK leads 12-4UK won 64-58 on Jan. 19, 2022
Vanderbilt19-1762-/-64UK leads 154-47UK won 77-71 on March 11, 2022
Ole Miss13-19110-/-108UK leads 109-14UK won 83-72 on March 1, 2022
Florida20-14 Second Round61-/-59UK leads 107-41UK won 71-63 on March 5, 2022

Elite Eight

218/1718UK leads 33-13UA won 75-73 Feb. 26, 2022
Mississippi St.18-16 First Round60-/-49UK leads 100-21UK won 82-74 on Jan. 25, 2022
Auburn28-6NCAA Second Round1314/812UK leads 97-22AU won 80-71 on Jan. 22, 2022


The Wildcats’ returning core is headlined by Oscar Tshiebwe, the reigning National Player of the Year, who led the country with 15.1 rebounds per game and also paced the Cats in scoring at 17.4 points per game. Kentucky will also welcome back Sahvir Wheeler, who led the conference and ranked third in the country with 6.9 assists per game. Forwards Daimion Collins, Jacob Toppin and Lance Ware all were instrumental in helping the Wildcats to a 26-8 record and a No. 2 national seed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

In all, UK is returning 44.3% of its scoring production, 58.4% of its rebounding, 50% of its steals, 51.2% of its assists and 72.3% of its blocks from a season ago.

Kentucky also welcomes in five dynamic newcomers, including top-10 signees Chris Livingston and Cason Wallace. Both players were Gatorade State Players of the Year and McDonald’s All Americans. Fast-rising prospects and Ugonna Onyenso inked with the Cats during the late signing period. UK also added one of the top transfers in Antonio Reeves, who ranked among the nation’s top 20 individual scorers a season ago at Illinois State averaging 20.1 points per game.

Fans interested in acquiring new men’s basketball season tickets are encouraged to enter the season ticket lottery online. For more information on lower-level seating that is currently available with a K Fund pledge commitment, please reach out to the UK Athletics K Fund staff at (859) 257-6300. 

Information regarding single-game tickets and on-sale dates will be released in the next few weeks.

New this year for basketball, SafeTix will be implemented as an additional feature on mobile tickets. To fight fraud, Ticketmaster launched SafeTix, which uses an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every 15 seconds, or a tap-and-go ticket stored in a fan’s digital wallet. The process for accessing mobile tickets has not changed; however, with SafeTix, screenshots or recordings of tickets will no longer work for entry. Fans may still transfer tickets through their accounts and the UK Athletics App. 

Kentucky basketball season ticket holders will receive an email with more information when mobile tickets are available to be managed, beginning the week of Oct. 17.