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Tip time, TV coverage set for Louisville vs. Kentucky basketball

Thankfully, it’s not on a weekday afternoon this year.

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The annual Battle of the Bluegrass basketball game between Louisville and Kentucky will tip-off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. ESPN2 will have coverage of the rivalry tilt.

For anyone upset about this, you have to understand that this is going to continue to be the way it is in years that the game is in Louisville (ESPN contract, no CBS contract) unless they decide to move the game to another part of the season. I’ve been a proponent of moving the game up or back (preferably back) for years, but it seems like I’m in the minority. December is the death month for college basketball; football is always going to take precedence.

It doesn’t seem like much of a problem right now, but for anyone curious, the only potential bowl conflict for Louisville on this date would be the Belk Bowl, which kicks off at 12:30. The first College Football Playoff semifinal starts at 4, but I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about that either.

The time for the Kentucky game wasn’t the only one released by U of L on Friday.

A pair of home games were selected to be televised by the ACC’s group of regional sports networks (RSN), including Dec. 12 vs. Lipscomb at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 vs. Kent State at 4 p.m. The ACC’s regional sports networks includes selected telecasts on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Sun, Fox Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, NESN, YES Network, NBC Sports Washington and AT&T Sportnet Pittsburgh..

Game times were established for five UofL home games that will be televised on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN online at ESPN.com/watch or through the WatchESPN and ESPN app. Those weekday home games, which will each start at 7 p.m., include Nov. 8 vs. Nicholls State, Nov. 13 vs. Southern, Nov. 16 vs. Vermont, Dec. 5 vs. Central Arkansas and Dec. 21 vs. Robert Morris.

UofL’s two exhibition games will also air on ACC Network Extra, including Oct. 28 vs. Bellarmine at 2 p.m. and Nov. 3 vs. Simmons. The time for the Simmons game will be set after the kickoff time for the Cardinals’ football game at Clemson on the same day is established, so the starts for the two events do not conflict.

Unless something changes, it looks like Louisville’s home game against Duke is going to be the only tilt that tips at 9 p.m. or later this season.