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Kentucky vs. Arkansas: John Calipari will face former team at Rupp Arena in only scheduled meeting for 2024-25

The potential game of the year in college basketball is set for the 2024-25 season after the SEC released this season’s opponents Monday. John Calipari’s new-look Arkansas squad will travel to Rupp Arena to face Kentucky, but there will be only one sceduled matchup this season between the Razorbacks and the Wildcats, Calipari’s former school.

Each SEC team will plays the other 15 teams in the conference at least once and will face three teams a second time in a “home-and-home” series. Two of those three teams will be play twice each season as permanent opponents with the other team changing every year.

The three teams Kentucky will play twice this season are Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The three teams Arkansas will play twice are LSU, Missouri and Texas.

The SEC will announce dates and times laterfor conference games later.

Arkansas and Kentucky will feature rosters that will look drastically different from the previous season. Since Calipari’s arrival in Arkansas, he’s helped land five former Kentucky pledges (Karter Knox, Zvonimir Ivišić, Boogie Fland, Adou Theiro, and Billy Richmond) to pair with former Tennessee big man Jonas Aidoo and FAU star guard Johnell Davis.

Kentucky coach Mark Pope is building a roster that features zero returning scholarship players. His first transfer portal commitment came from incoming freshman guard Collin Chandler, who spent the last two years on a Mormon mission. Chandler was Pope’s highest-rated signee (No. 33 overall) during his tenure at BYU.

Kentucky has landed high-profile commitments from Dayton sharpshooter Koby BreaWest Virginia guard Kerr KriisaSan Diego State guard Lamont Butler, and Oklahoma guard Otega Oweh. All four players project as impact players as Kentucky enters a new era.

Another wrinkle of the schedule release includes Texas and Oklahoma receiving their respective conference opponents as part of an expanded SEC. Oklahoma faces Kentucky at home and Arkansas on the road, while Texas has a home-and-home with Arkansas and a home game against Kentucky.

Alabama

Home: Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt 

Away: Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M

Home and away: Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State

Arkansas

Home: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma

Away: Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

Home and away: LSU, Missouri, Texas

Auburn

Home: Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee

Away: Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

Home and away: Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss

Florida 

Home: Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

Away: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State

Home and away: South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee

Georgia

Home: Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt

Away: Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M

Home and away: Auburn, Florida, South Carolina

Kentucky

Home: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M

Away: Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Home and away: Alabama, Vanderbilt, Tennessee

LSU

Home: Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt

Away: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma

Home and away: Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M

Ole Miss 

Home: Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M

Away: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Home and away: Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State

Mississippi State 

Home: Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M

Away: Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Home and away: Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina

Missouri 

Home: Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M

Away: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas,

Home and away: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt 

Oklahoma 

Home: Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Away: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss

Home and away: Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M

South Carolina

Home: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M

Away: Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, 

Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Home and away: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State

Tennessee

Home: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina

Away: Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas

Texas A&M

Home and away: Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt 

Texas 

Home: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee

Away: Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Home and away: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Home: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Away: Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina

Home and away: LSU, Texas, Oklahoma

Vanderbilt

Home: Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas

Away: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Home and away: Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee 

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