University of Kentucky basketball fans will descend upon Las Vegas

May 19, 2018 8:31 AM

It’s more than 18 months in the future, but look for an abundance of University of Kentucky basketball fans to descend upon Las Vegas right before Christmas 2019.

Wildcat officials announced late this week that the perennial hoops powerhouse will play Utah in Las Vegas on Dec. 18, 2019, at T-Mobile Arena, followed by a game against Ohio State, part of the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21, 2019, also at T-Mobile.

The Utah game is a part of Kentucky’s two-game agreement with Utah who will play at Rupp Arena in Lexington next season on Dec. 15, 2018.

“We are always trying to put together a schedule that our fans will enjoy while preparing us to be at our best at the end of the season,” coach John Calipari said in a school-issued news release. “One of the things I hear most about from our fans is they enjoy traveling with us and staying at a destination location for multiple games. That was our goal in scheduling this game with Utah.

“It gives us a great opponent for one of our favorite stops over the last few years. I still get people who come up to me and tell me about how much fun they had in 2016 when we played North Carolina (in Las Vegas).”

The extended trip provides opportunities for a basketball-centric Las Vegas-style vacation for the 2019 Christmas season.