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Kentucky Releases Its Non-Conference Schedule, Will Play UCLA, North Carolina, Louisville Back-To-Back-To-Back

Kentucky's men's basketball team will likely start the 2014-15 season ranked No. 1 in the country. John Calipari's program will return many of its key players from its national championship runner-up team--the Harrison twins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress--and, as usual, bring in a top recruiting class. 

Today, the Wildcats are releasing their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. While many of the contests feature low-level teams, Kentucky will play quite the gauntlet of college basketball powers at the end of December. 

The full schedule: 

Oct. 17 – Big Blue Madness (Rupp Arena)
Oct. 27 – Blue/White game (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 2 – Upike (Exhibition, Rupp Arena)
Nov. 7 – Georgetown (Exhibition, Rupp Arena)
Nov. 14 – Grand Canyon (Cawood Ledford Classic, Rupp Arena)
Nov. 16 – Buffalo (Cawood Ledford Classic, Rupp Arena)
Nov. 18 – Kansas (Champions Classic, Indianapolis)
Nov. 21 – Boston U. (Rupp Arena)
Nov. 23 – Montana St. (Cawood Ledford Classic, Rupp Arena)
Nov. 25 – UT-Arlington (Cawood Ledford Classic, Rupp Arena)
Nov. 30 – Providence (Rupp Arena)
Dec. 5 – Texas (Rupp Arena)
Dec. 7 – EKU (Rupp Arena)
Dec. 10 – Columbia (Rupp Arena)
Dec. 13 – North Carolina (Rupp Arena)
Dec. 20 – UCLA (CBS Sports Classic, Chicago)
Dec. 27 – at Louisville