Men's Basketball to Play Kentucky Dec. 21

Photo Courtesy: UK Athletics
Photo Courtesy: UK Athletics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball will face eight-time National Champion Kentucky Saturday, Dec. 21, as UK confirmed Wednesday through release via its official twitter account.

The game will be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Start time and television will be announced at a later date.

"We are excited about the opportunity to play a historic program like Kentucky in a historic venue like Rupp Arena," Belmont University men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd said. "Our philosophy in non-conference scheduling is well-known; we look for chances to play outstanding competition and provide memorable experiences for our players. This certainly qualifies."

Belmont is on the heels of a 26-7 campaign and its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in eight years.

This marks the first meeting between Belmont and Kentucky in men's basketball.

The Bruins are also slated to face North Carolina, Richmond, Holy Cross and either Hofstra or Hartford as part of the 2013 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

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