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REPORT: Kentucky will begin Two-Game Series with Utah at Rupp in 2018-19


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The Kentucky basketball team will reportedly begin a two-game series with the Utah Utes this fall.  According to Bill Riley of ESPN Radio Salt Lake City, Utah will travel to Rupp Arena this season. In 2019-20, the Cats will head west to play the Utes at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Two weeks ago, John Calipari hinted at a pair of potential destination games in the future.  It looks like this is one of those destination games.

Hailing from the Pac-12, Utah has missed the previous two NCAA Tournaments.  Larry Krystkowiak took them to the second round in 2016 before falling to Gonzaga, and to the Sweet 16 in 2015.

It will be just the second time Kentucky has played the Utes in the a regular season game since 1976.  The last time the two played, Ramel “Smooth” Bradley squared up with Andrew Bogut in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.  More famously, the Comeback Cats took down Rick Majerus’ team 78-69 in the 1998 National Championship.

Article written by Nick Roush

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6 responses to “REPORT: Kentucky will begin Two-Game Series with Utah at Rupp in 2018-19”

  1. Wildcatbb89

    Total miss by the KSR guys guessing these destinations. I had kind of hoped they would be right though.

  2. Biglaw Dawgin'

    Gotta love any excuse to get out to Vegas.

  3. Rixter

    Playing Utah in las vegas does not help the program in any way, shape, or form. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a less sexy match-up. Maybe TCU in Eugene Oregon?

    1. ukcamel

      I don’t care who they are playing, if the Cats are in Vegas and it’s on a weekend other than Christmas or Thanksgiving, I’ll be there.

    2. BobKYCats

      I disagree. We have a history with Utah (mostly a making-them-our-b*** history), especially in the 90’s when it seemed like we played them every year in the Tournament.

      It’s not a “rivalry” or a series on par with Duke, UNC, Indiana, or the like, by any means, but definitely one that deserves to be renewed every few years.

      Truth be told, I’d like to see us start up a series with Virginia or Syracuse or Arizona or something more, but this definitely fits better than Baylor.

  4. Truman Claytor

    It is just an excuse to get out to Vegas, help recruiting w Finlay prep and Bishop Gorman high school. Chances are there are players on Cal’s radar in the area.