The University of Kentucky men's basketball schedule typically begins with exhibition play and is followed by non-conference play, SEC contests and the conference tournament before concluding with an appearance in the NIT or NCAA postseason tournament in late March or early-April. Fans can check out the Wildcats' current or previous season schedules online through UKathletics.com or ESPN.com.
Exhibition plays often consists of two home contests against non-Division I opponents in early-November. The Wildcats schedule then features roughly a dozen clashes against opponents from conferences outside the SEC, which may be played at Rupp Arena, on the road or at neutral sites. Conference play begins the first week in January and features at least one game against each of the SEC East and West Division members and may also include a non-conference game or two nestled in-between.
The single elimination SEC Conference Tournament begins in early or mid-March over a four or five-day period. Depending on their success during the season, the Wildcats may then be invited to participate in the NIT or NCAA Tournament. This is more often the case than not; the team has advanced to at least 17 Final Fours and has won at least eight National Championships in program history.