The Kentucky Wildcats announced Thursday they will host is set to host in-state foe and 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Eastern Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Sunday, Dec. 7.
The Colonels and Wildcats will meet for the 11th time in program history and 10th in Rupp Arena. UK currently holds a 10-0 edge in the series.
EKU is coming off a 24-10 overall season that included an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship and a trip to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In the opening round of the tournament, EKU led No. 2 seed Kansas with 8:55 remaining in the game before the Jayhawks pulled away for an 80-69 win.
It was the Colonels’ eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history. The Colonels were also able to lock up head coach Jeff Neubauer to a 4-year contract extension.
“I am very proud of coach Neubauer and his staff, and the superb job they have done in recruiting the right kind of student-athlete to EKU,” Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said in a statement. “As stellar as Jeff’s win-loss record is, we should all be even more pleased by the fact that the program graduates more than 90 percent of the student-athletes that have exhausted their eligibility during Jeff’s tenure. That is the most important statistic.”
Neubauer is 167-122 in his nine seasons with the Colonels, compiling a 49-20 record over the course of the last two years.
UK and the Colonels last met in during the 2006-07 season. UK claimed a 78-65 victory in Rupp Arena behind a career-high 25-point effort from Randolph Morris. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools in the John Calipari era.
In addition to UK’s matchup with EKU, the Wildcats have also announced dates with Kansas (Nov. 18), Texas (Dec. 5) and UCLA (Dec. 20) as a part of the 2014-15 non-conference regular-season schedule.
A game time and TV network will be released at a later date.