Kentucky Wildcats Schedule in 2013-14
The Kentucky Wildcats are ready to tear into the competition this season
as they face off with some of the very best teams in college hoops. The Wildcats yet again look to have one of the best teams
in the country thanks to another star-studded recruiting class. Competing in the Southeast Conference, the Wildcats have their
work cut out for themselves each and every season, and 2013-14 should be no different. The Wildcats are coming off a 2012-13
season in which they won 21 games, 12 in conference play. The team knows that they're going to have to step up their game
this season if they want to contend for the conference title and a National Championship, which are the annual expectations
for this storied program. With freshman big man Julius Randle leading the charge for Kentucky, this could be a banner season
in which the Wildcats rack up a lot of big wins. The team has some huge games coming their way in Lexington this season.
Wildcats have a big matchup coming on February 27th when they will host the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Razorbacks will be looking
to storm the court and take home a big win, but the Wildcats have other plans. Certainly the team will look to establish Randle
down low early, as this freshman is nearly unstoppable on the offensive end of the court.
Kentucky will close out their
home schedule on March 4th when the Alabama Crimson Tide come to town to do battle. The final home game of the season is always
a big event in Lexington, especially with a quality opponent like the Tide hitting the court. The biggest Wildcats fans will
be there in the stands to cheer their team on to a big win to finish up the 2013-14 home schedule.
Considered one of, if not the very best college basketball program of all time, the University of Kentucky
boasts a long and storied history in the sport which is practically unrivaled. The school has the NCAA record for most NCAA
Tournament appearances, most games played in the tournament, most Sweet Sixteen appearances, most Elite Eight appearances,
and most NCAA Tournament games won. The program is second only to UCLA in NCAA championships and championship game appearances.
Their home court at Rupp Arena is one of the most hallowed basketball courts in the country and is a thrilling place to catch
a game. If you are looking for a quality college basketball game featuring one of the most historic programs in the country
played in one of the most venerable venues then attending a Kentucky game at Rupp Arena is a must.
Did you know that the annual college basketball tradition of Midnight Madness was started by the Kentucky Wildcats?
right; Midnight Madness, where many of the top teams in the country hold a public practice at midnight on the day when teams
are first allowed to practice, was started by the Kentucky Wildcats teams of the 1980s.
Great Players for the
The Kentucky Wildcats basketball program is one of the elite programs in college basketball, boasting
a history rivaled by very few schools in the country. A program doesn't attain that kind of status without seeing some amazing
players hit the court over the years. Kentucky has certainly seen their fair share of amazing athletes throughout the team's
history. One such player was Jamal Mashburn, who was an absolute scoring machine during his time at Kentucky. Mashburn would
go on to play in the National Basketball Association, where he was an All-Star and averaged 19 points per game for his career.
Recent Wildcats to find success at Kentucky that resulted in being selected with the first pick in the NBA Draft in include
John Wall and Anthony Davis, who players that are carving out fantastic careers in the NBA already.
Wildcats Fan Traditions
Fans of the Kentucky basketball program love themselves a good rivalry, and the Wildcats certainly
have some great ones for them to enjoy. The biggest rivalry by far for the Kentucky Wildcats exists within state rivals, the
Louisville Cardinals. Fortunately for basketball fans everywhere the two schools face each other at least once a year, despite
not being in the same conference. This long-standing rivalry has long been one of the best in the sport and only intensified
a few years ago when former Kentucky head coach, and basketball Hall of Fame member, Rick Pitino took over as the head coach
of Louisville. As for an SEC rival, Kentucky is always anxious to take on the Florida Gators, a team that is annually competing
with the Wildcats to earn the top spot in the conference standings. Florida is the only other school in the conference to
have won more than one national title and the Wildcats are well aware of this fact and are constantly looking to cement their
position as the dominant basketball team in the SEC.