The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Kentucky Wildcats agreed to begin a home-and-home series starting in the upcoming 2022-23 season. The first game is set to take place on Sunday, November 20 in Spokane – adding another incredibly challenging game to the Zags non-conference slate.
The contest was announced during Kentucky’s open practice on Tuesday, with coach Mark Few appearing on the jumbotron at Rupp Arena.
“Here’s the problem,” Calipari joked with Few. “You’re the No. 1 team in the country and we’ve got to go to you. Let me ask you this. Maybe this is crazy. Will you come back here the following year, or are you just saying it’s a one-game shot in Spokane?”
“We will absolutely come back,” Few said. “We’ve never played in Rupp Arena and it would be awesome.”
Despite being two of the best basketball programs of the past 20 years, Gonzaga and Kentucky have only officially met one time way back in 2002, when the No. 15 ranked Wildcats defeated No. 20 Gonzaga, 80-72, to finish third in the Maui Invitational. Blake Stepp had 24 in the loss.
Gonzaga adds Kentucky to a non-conference schedule that already includes Texas, Michigan State, Baylor, and Alabama. That does not include the PK85, Gonzaga’s Feast Week tournament which will include at least two opponents out of the following: Florida, Duke, Purdue, Xavier, West Virginia, or Oregon State.
It’s going to be another outstanding slate of games for the Bulldogs this season, with things tipping off on November 7 against North Florida.
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