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Thomas More to Face Kentucky Wildcats in Men's Basketball

The Thomas More Saints will take on one of the nation's most storied college basketball programs when they visit the University of Kentucky in October.

It was announced Thursday that the Thomas More men's basketball team would play the UK Wildcats in an exhibition game on October 27.

The two teams have never met in basketball action. Thomas More competes at the NCAA Division III level while UK is the all-time winningest program in NCAA Division I.

"(Kentucky) Coach (John) Calipari and his staff are doing a wonderful thing for this state by annually allowing young men from in-state small colleges and their programs to share in the remarkable history and tradition of UK basketball," Thomas More Head Coach Drew Cooper said in a news release. "Thomas More is a special community and I'm elated that UK has chosen us to play in an exhibition this season."

Cooper thanked UK officials for adding the Saints to the schedule.

"We'll try our hardest for 40 minutes in hopes each team can benefit in order to prepare for their respective upcoming seasons," Cooper said.

The Saints finished the 2016-17 season with a 22-7 record, winning the Presidents Athletic Conference tournament championship for the first time in school history, and falling in the first round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. The season market the first time that the Saints won more than 20 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament in the same season.

Thomas More returns 18 players from last season, including all five starters.

Game time details will be released at a later date, Thomas More said.

The Saints open the 2017-18 regular season on November 15 when traditional rival Wilmington College visits the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills.

-Staff report