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Coach Cal confirms UCLA will replace UNC for two seasons

Today Coach Cal confirmed what we already believed to be true: the new series with UCLA will serve as a replacement for the North Carolina series for two years. “North Carolina has already sent us a contract for after those two years,” Cal said today. “This is plugging that hole right now.”

Kentucky is scheduled to play North Carolina in Las Vegas in 2016 as part of the CBS Sports Classic, so the home-and-home series needed that year off. But taking off one season throws off both schedules, so the two sides agreed to take a two-year hiatus to accommodate the CBS tournament and keep their home schedules balanced for the future.

Therefore, we get a trip to UCLA next season and a visit from the Bruins in 2016 before it’s back to Cats and Heels.

In related news, No. 5 North Carolina stomped No. 22 UCLA last night, 78-56. We’ll see them in back-to-back weekends beginning December 13th with UNC coming to Rupp, followed by a subzero trip to Chicago on December 20th. Can’t wait.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for Coach Cal confirms UCLA will replace UNC for two seasons

  1. jasonwells1982
    12:18 pm November 28, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky plays Ohio State next year and North Carolina in the CBS Classic in 2016-17 season not next season.

    • Drew Franklin
      12:30 pm November 28, 2014 Permalink

      That’s why I need you around when I’m suffering from turkey hangovers.

  2. poppycat
    12:27 pm November 28, 2014 Permalink

    Will UNC have a team then? Seriously, if they are competitive then, it means
    they have avoided sanctions and scholarship losses.

  3. cats paw
    1:33 pm November 28, 2014 Permalink

    It is amazing that you can watch a entire north Carolina game and not a single word will be said about the ongoing scandal. I think the NCAA has caught so much flack about stupid penalties they are scared to step in, even when deserved.

  4. Hakmer
    2:43 pm November 28, 2014 Permalink

    Say what you will but it’s pretty impressive the way UK and UNC are so flexible with the scheduling of the series.Both sides have done an excellent job of making it work. If Indiana would have worked with UK in the same spirit, they would still be on the schedule.