UK announces ‘Keightley Classic’ as part of 2013-14 schedule

Kentucky announced a salute to UK basketball icon Bill Keightley as part of its non-conference schedule for 2013-14, which was announced Wednesday.

Keightley worked as UK basketball’s equipment manager and de facto grandfather to players from the early 1960s until his death in 2008. As part of the inaugural Keightley Classic, UK will play Robert Morris, Texas Arlington, Cleveland State and Eastern Michigan.

UK’s non-conference schedule includes the resumption of the series with North Carolina and a much-anticipated game against defending national champion Louisville in Rupp Arena. The latter highlights a home schedule that also includes Boise State, Belmont, UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky.

Besides the game at North Carolina, Kentucky’s games away from home also include games against Michigan State in Chicago, Providence in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Baylor in Cowboys Stadium.

UK’s conference games — home and away — will be announced at a later date.