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Kentucky, Gonzaga Announce Home-and-Home Series in 2022, 2023

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Two of the very best programs in men’s college basketball will face off in a home-and-home series over the upcoming two seasons.

The Kentucky Wildcats will happen to be the Gonzaga Bulldogs for a Nov. 20 showdown, and the Bulldogs will complete the return visit to face the Wildcats on the highway in 2023, as Kyle Tucker and Dana O’Neil of The Athletic relayed Tuesday.

Tucker and O’Neil noted Gonzaga head coach Mark Few called directly into a telethon that Wildcats head coach John Calipari was taking part in to improve money for all those influenced by flooding in Kentucky and revealed the news headlines.

While Kentucky and Gonzaga have played just oncea Wildcats win in 2002both coaches are friends and faced one another four occasions when Calipari was with Memphis.

“For all of us, Drew [Timme], Julian [Strawther], Rasir [Bolton], each of them made a decision another,” Few said. “They are the forms of games they would like to play in, why not? It’s fun for them. It’s ideal for the sport. There are always a thousand positives, no negatives.”

Marquee nonconference games are nothing new for Gonzaga, which attempts to create a solid resume before its slate is watered down by West Coast Conference play.

The Bulldogs next season may also play Michigan State, Texas, Baylor and Alabama and can take part in the PK85 tournament in a bracket that has Duke, Florida, Purdue and West Virginia, per Tucker and O’Neil.

The Wildcats will face Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, Louisville and Kansas too.

The November showdown figures to be among the best in college basketball through the upcoming season.

In the end, Gonzaga checked in at No. 2 and Kentucky No. 4 in ESPN’s Jeff Borzello’s Top 25 rankings July 26. You will have no shortage of star power with Timme, Strawther and Bolton on the Bulldogs side and Oscar Tshiebwe at the forefront for the Wildcats.

Kentucky will undoubtedly be seeking to bounce back from its shocking first-round NCAA tournament loss to Saint Peter’s, and a high Five win early in the growing season will be a great way to accomplish that.

Gonzaga also lost sooner than expected in the tournament. The No. 1 overall seed reached the Sweet 16 but fell to Arkansas.

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