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Kentucky WBB to take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill for SEC/ACC Challenge

Jack PIlgrimby:Jack Pilgrim06/12/24

We know the Kentucky men’s basketball team is traveling to Clemson to take on the Tigers in the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge, but what about Kenny Brooks and the women’s team? It’ll be a battle of the blue bloods, the Wildcats heading to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday, December 5.

UK defeated UNC in their most recent meeting 85-75 back on Nov. 24, 2018 at the Paradise Jam en route to the tournament title in the Virgin Islands — the Wildcats second straight after winning it all in 2014. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series 1-5, though, including a 0-2 record in true road games for the Wildcats. Their previous head-to-head matchup in Chapel Hill took place on Nov. 28, 2001, Kentucky dropping that one by a final score of 102-64.

The tip time and network designation for the 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge will be announced at a later date.

There is an overlap, though, with Kenny Brooks and the Tar Heels, Kentucky’s new head coach defeating North Carolina twice in 2023-24 before finishing the season with a 20-13 overall record and an 11-7 mark in the ACC. The Tar Heels ultimately fell to the eventual champion South Carolina Gamecocks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky defeated Boston College in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge, an 83-81 win at the buzzer on a last-second layup by Eniya Russell.

The Wildcats are ranked 25th in the most recent ESPN Way-Too-Early Top 25. Brooks’ roster features two returners and 11 newcomers, including Tar Heel junior transfer Teonni Key. The Cats boast an experienced yet balanced roster, consisting of three freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors, a redshirt senior and two graduate students, including All-American and Final Four participant Georgia Amoore.

The student-athletes are beginning their move to Lexington, while their first workout is scheduled for late June.

Big Blue Nation is encouraged to place a deposit to secure their place in line for season tickets. Those who make deposits will be contacted beginning in late July to choose their seats, after the seat selection process for current ticket holders is complete.

Returning season ticket holders will have the opportunity to select their seats even earlier from June 17 to July 19.

The remainder of the 2024-25 Kentucky women’s basketball schedule will be released at a later date.

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