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John Calipari hints at challenging 2020-21 schedule

An announcement should be on the way soon.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Any day now, the Kentucky Wildcats 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule should be released with adjustments expected amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the schedule nearing completion, Wildcats head coach John Calipari teased a potentially difficult non-conference slate on Twitter, even questioning if he should be “drug tested” for putting together such a tough slate.

While it’s unclear if any new non-conference opponents outside of Morehead State will be added to Kentucky’s original 2020 non-conference slate, there are already some expected challenges such as likely top 25 ranked teams’ Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals, Richmond Spiders and even the UCLA Bruins (CBS Sports Classic) if the PAC-12 opts to start their season before New Year’s Day.

Maybe Calipari is hinting at is a bubble event where all four Champions Classic participates play one another, which would add the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan State Spartans to the Cats schedule. But because schools can only have one MTE event, it’s unlikely this is the case since Kentucky already has one set with Richmond, Morehead State and Detroit.

In the meantime, all we can do is speculate and wait for the highly-anticipated scheduled drop.