If there wasn't enough excitement two days ago, when Kentucky Men's Basketball announced their complete 2022-23 schedule, including a ROAD game against Gonzaga, John Calipari continues to add on to the fun. While it was assumed the Kentucky-Gonzaga series would be a home-and-home, it has been officially announced the series will consist of six games from 2022 to 2027, starting what could become one of the biggest rivalries between two of the best programs in college basketball.
The series will consist of two games at Gonzaga (2022, 2027), two games at Kentucky (2023, 2026), and two games at a neutral site location (Seattle in 2024, Nashville in 2025). And for all of the Gonzaga fans complaining, Kentucky will indeed play in 'The Kennel', Gonzaga's primary home arena, for their final home game of the series.
Kentucky's schedule has been criticized by many of the past years, with some complaints being justified, and others being completely exaggerated. Now, John Calipari looks to leave no doubt with a loaded schedule this season and a new top tier rivalry for years to come.
“I am so excited that we have finalized this series,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Mark is a great friend and what he has done at Gonzaga to build them into one of the premier programs in our sport is incredible. The mindset I have when I put together our schedule here at Kentucky is that we want to always challenge ourselves by competing with the best teams we can find and generate some marquee home games for the best fans in the country. We have done that with Gonzaga and I look forward to competing with them the next six seasons.”
“This is something Coach Calipari and I have been working on for some time,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. “It’s an exciting thing for both programs, both schools, both fan bases, and all of college basketball. Instead of a two-year thing, this gives everyone something to put on their calendar and look forward to over the next six seasons.”