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UK may add new non-conference game; Bellarmine in consideration

Bellarmine is in its first season as a D-I program.

Bellarmine v Louisville Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats could be adding a new opponent to the schedule very soon.

Following news that Kentucky’s SEC opener vs. South Carolina is postponed, KSR’s Matt Jones is now reporting that the Cats are working to find a new team to play next week. One school under consideration is Bellarmine.

A small Catholic school in Louisville (KY), Bellarmine is in its first season as a Division I program after originally being in the NAIA. Led by head coach Scott Davenport, Knights are 1-3 this season with an 84-63 win over Howard, a 76-54 loss at Duke, a 77-68 loss to UT Chattanooga, and an 81-70 loss at Notre Dame.

Bellarmine is currently ranked 260th overall at KenPom. Their next game is at Evansville on Dec. 29, the same day Kentucky was supposed to host South Carolina.

The Knights then have games vs. Transylvania (Jan. 1) and Mount St. Joseph (Jan. 2), so it will be difficult for them to work a game in vs. Kentucky next week as well.