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Kentucky finalizes non-conference schedule with Big 12/SEC Challenge set

We now know every non-conference foe UK will face next season.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois-Chicago at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have finalized their 2019-20 non-conference schedule.

It became final on Thursday when the full Big 12/SEC Challenge matchups were announced, which feature the Wildcats facing the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road on Jan. 25.

It will mark just the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools. It will also be the Wildcats’ second trip to Lubbock, Texas.

UK has won the previous four meetings between the programs, including the 89-73 victory on Dec. 22, 1965 in their only visit to Lubbock. The schools haven’t met since UK beat Texas Tech 83-68 in Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 1994.

With the addition of Texas Tech, UK’s 13 nonconference opponents in the upcoming season combined for a record of 253-188 in 2018-19, a .574 winning percentage. 13 of them made a postseason tournament in 2019, five of which made the NCAA Tournament.

The entire 2019-20 schedule will be set at a later date once the SEC matchup dates and times have been set.