Kentucky’s game against South Carolina on December 29 at the Rupp Arena has been postponed.
According to a statement from UK Athletics, the game will not be played due to a combination of positive tests, contact tracking and subsequent quarantine of individuals within the South Carolina men’s basketball program. The decision to postpone is consistent with the requirements management of COVID-19 of the Southeast Conference.
The clash against South Carolina was set to be the opening of the Kentucky SEC.
The league has replacement dates scheduled for March 5-7 if games are postponed due to COVID-19 security protocols, but a replacement date has not been determined at this time.
Ticket holders in the UK will receive an email notification if additional changes are made to Kentucky’s schedule during the season. If circumstances change during the season and games are canceled and not rescheduled, UK Athletics will evaluate the credit and refund options for the part of the ticket payment at the end of the season.
This is the second postponement of the opponent’s season to Kentucky. The Wildcats were originally scheduled to play at Detroit Mercy on November 27 at the Bluegrass Showcase and then rescheduled for December 15 due to COVID-19 security protocols. That rescheduled game was postponed a second time due to concerns about the COVID-19 protocols and the logistics of the calendar. A replacement date has also not been determined for this game.
According to the NCAA Division I Council structure for scheduling this season, teams can play a maximum of 27 games (24 regular season games with a three-team multi-event).
The updated Wildcats 2020-21 slate can be found here.