The official start to the basketball season is here! On Friday at 7:00 PM (Eastern), the Kentucky Wildcats open the season to take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Rupp Arena. The Lumberjacks are coming off a nice run last year–beating West Virginia in the tournament, advancing to the round of 32, and eventually losing to Notre Dame by a single point. They have lost their best players as well as a few other key players (not to mention their head coach too), so this will be a totally different Lumberjack team.
The Vegas gambling folks currently have Kentucky favored by 19.5 points.
Check back on the site shortly after the game for a replay to appear–we’ll make a new post when it is ready. We’ll be doing a Leach & Pratt radio sync of the game as well, but it likely won’t be ready until either the middle of the night or sometime on Saturday late morning / early afternoon.
TV CHANNEL INFORMATION:
TV Network: SEC Network
Channel on DirecTV: 611
Channel on Dish Network: 404 (Hopper) or 408 (Non-Hooper)
Channel on Cable: Varies with provider and location–look it up with TitanTV.
LIVE VIDEO STREAM:
We plan on having several different streaming options available on our live streaming page. You can also watch a live stream of the game over at Watch ESPN / ESPN3 if you are a cable subscriber with access to WatchESPN.
LIVE AUDIO STREAM:
You can also listen to the game online straight from UK Athletic’s website without any restrictions. Using this link, you can also listen to the UK pre-game (1 1/2 hours before tip) and post game shows, which are always entertaining. If you have issues with this link, try out the iHeart WLAP 630 station, which also airs the KSR pre-game and post game shows that starts 2 1/2 hours before tip and 1 hour after the game ends, respectively).
INTERACTIVE LIVE BLOG:
Want to get some play-by-play and interact with fans in real time while the game is on? Then head over to Kentucky Sports Radio about 10 minutes before game time to participate in their live blog.
Our favorite place to discuss all things UK football with fellow CATS fans is over at CatsIllustrated. There are a lot of people over there with a ton of UK football knowledge, so it’s definitely worth checking out.