November 23, 2022

Kentucky and Gonzaga Announce 6-Year CBB Series Featuring 2 Neutral Site Games | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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Kentucky and Gonzaga may be setting the stage for college basketball’s next big non-conference rivalry.

The powers have announced plans for a six-year run starting with the 2022-23 campaign.

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The six-year series begins this year in Spokane and will include two games at Rupp Arena. pic.twitter.com/doGWVMwRzx

The series will feature each school hosting two games, as well as a pair of neutral site competitions.

Kentucky and Gonzaga have played only once before, with the Wildcats earning an 80-72 win at the 2002 Maui Invitational.

In 2021, Gonzaga coach Mark Few underline that Kentucky and Duke had never made the trip to Spokane, Washington – a decision that may have sparked the agreement between the two schools.

“Everyone came here. There’s only about two left that we haven’t had and have to come up here at some point,” Few said. “Probably Kentucky and Duke, and then we’ll have cornered the whole market. We’ve been very lucky that people have come here and played us.”

Once derided for playing a weak schedule compared to top conference teams, Gonzaga has emphasized tough non-conference games in recent years. The Bulldogs played games against Texas, Duke, UCLA, Alabama and Texas Tech before starting their WCC schedule last season.

This year’s Gonzaga team is loaded with veteran talent, with All-American Drew Timme returning to lead the charge with Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther on the perimeter.

Kentucky will bring back National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe, with his matchup against Timme being one of the most anticipated face-offs of this season.