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UK to face Notre Dame in Big East/SEC Challenge

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Terrence Jones led UK to a 72-58 victory over Notre Dame in the 2010 Big East/SEC Challenge. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Terrence Jones led UK to a 72-58 victory over Notre Dame in the 2010 Big East/SEC Challenge. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
The offseason following Kentucky's eighth national championship has been dominated by talk and speculation over who the Wildcats will and will not play next season. In spite of all that, UK's schedule for 2012-13 is coming together piece by piece.

After John Calipari's announcement last week of a two-year series with Baylor, the matchups for the Big East/SEC Challenge were unveiled on Friday morning. Awaiting Kentucky as part of the annual event is a familiar foe. On Thursday, November 29, UK will travel to South Bend, Ind., to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The time of the game and television information will be announced at a later date.

The Fighting Irish are led by head coach Mike Brey and have reached the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons. In 2011-12, Notre Dame rebounded from an 11-8 start to win 10 of its final 12 regular season games - including nine in a row at one point - before receiving a No. 7 seed in the Big Dance. Notre Dame finished the season with a 22-12 record and will return an experienced team next season.

This will mark the second time in three seasons that Kentucky and Notre Dame will have matched up in the Big East/SEC Challenge, with UK coming back from a first-half deficit in Freedom Hall to win 72-58 in 2010-11. The Wildcats have faced the Fighting Irish 60 times, more than any other Big East opponent, including Louisville. UK has won 42 of those games, including 11 of the last 12. The only loss handed to the Wildcats by Notre Dame dating back to the 1990-91 season was in the 2009 NIT.

Thursday, Nov. 29
South Carolina at St. John's
Seton Hall at LSU
Kentucky at Notre Dame
Marquette at Florida

Friday, Nov. 30
Georgia at South Florida
DePaul at Auburn
Tennessee at Georgetown
Syracuse at Arkansas

Saturday, Dec. 1

Mississippi State at Providence
Rutgers at Ole Miss
Alabama at Cincinnati
Villanova at Vanderbilt

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