The Kentucky Wildcats will hold their exhibition opener Sunday night when Clarion comes to Rupp Arena.
This will mark the second time UK has played Clarion in head coach John Calipari's tenure in Lexington. Calipari, who now enters his eighth season at UK, is a 1982 graduate of the school.
UK also faced Clarion in 2009-10, winning 117-52. That was part of a memorable 35-3 season that marked the beginning of UK’s ascent back atop the college basketball ranks.
The Cats are expected to remain there this season with a loaded squad that’s ranked in the top five of nearly every preseason poll, including No. 4 in the first Coaches Top 25 Poll.
This will be the first college game for several new Cats, including De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo. All three freshmen were named to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame preseason watch lists.
Adebayo was one of 20 candidates selected for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbaar list for the top center. Fox is a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, which honors the nation’s top point guard, while Monk is on the Jerry West list for the top shooting guard.
Getting to see those three, along with freshman forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones, will be the biggest thing to watch for in UK’s first exhibition game. Here is a look at how you can watch and follow it:
Clarion Golden Eagles at Kentucky Wildcats
When: Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
TV - SEC Network
Announcers: Dave Neal and Pat Bradley will be on the call.
Radio - UK Radio Network with Tom Leach and Mike Pratt
Odds: It’s an exhibition game people, and judging by the Missouri football game, are you really going to trust what the oddsmakers say?
No. 0 De'Aaron Fox, Point Guard, Freshman
No. 1 Sacha Killeya-Jones, Forward, Freshman
No. 3 Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Forward Freshman
No. 5 Malik Monk, Shooting Guard, Freshman
No. 10 Jonny David, Guard, Sophomore
No. 11 Mychal Mulder, Guard, Senior
No. 13 Isaiah Briscoe, Guard, Sophomore
No. 14 Tai Wynyard Forward, Redshirt Freshman
No. 15 Isaac Humphries, Forward, Sophomore
No. 20 Brad Calipari, Guard, Freshman
No. 25 Dominique Hawkins, Guard, Senior
No. 30 Dillon Pulliam, Guard, Redshirt Sophomore
No. 32 Wenyen Gabriel, Forward, Freshman
No. 35 Derek Willis, Forward, Senior