Kentucky and Gonzaga have agreed to a home and home series starting in 2022, setting up two potential top-five preseason teams to meet in clashing heavyweights during a non-conference event later this year. The two teams will first meet in Spokane, Washington, on November 20, 2022, followed by a showdown in Lexington, Kentucky at Roop Arena sometime in 2023.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few called in a telethon on Tuesday night to help announce the news in which UK coach John Calipari and his team responded to calls in a fundraising effort to aid parts of the state affected by recent floods. were giving.
“This guy gets on me all the time. He wants to schedule a game,” Calipari said in front of Kentucky fans in a call with Few. “But everything has to be on his terms. I thought we were Kentucky?”
“At first, we were fine,” quipped some. “We looked good, and you just said, ‘Hey, you wanna play?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m good at playing.'”
And so he went.
The two college hoops powers have played each other only once in the history of their programs. This came nearly two decades earlier, in 2002, when Kentucky defeated Gonzaga 80–72 in the Maui Invitational. A few Zaggs coached after taking the head coaching gig in 1999, but at the time Calipari was coaching Memphis.
The meeting between Gonzaga and Kentucky is much more than the meeting of the two most consecutive winners in the sport over the past few decades. In 2022, it will feature a face-off between Kentucky’s National Player of the Year Oscar Tshibwe and his leading counterpart, Gonzaga’s Drew Timme. Gonzaga and Kentucky also rank No. 1 and No. 4, respectively.,