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College GameDay is returning to Lexington

For the second time this season, ESPN College GameDay is headed to Lexington.

With No. 1 Tennessee headed to town next weekend, Kentucky will host the popular college basketball preview show… with a twist.

Instead of packing Rupp Arena like usual, GameDay will take place at Memorial Coliseum to pay homage to all of the impressive matchups between the Cats and the Volunteers when Kentucky played there from 1950 to 1976.

Kentucky has played Tennessee more than any other school in program history, with the Cats leading the overall series 154-71 and 92-17 in Lexington. Tennessee defeated Kentucky in both regular season matchups last season, but the Cats defeated the Vols in the SEC Tournament title game.

In their time playing at Memorial, Kentucky was 22-4 overall, with both teams being ranked in four of those games. The most memorable of them all was when Dan Issel hit a game-winner to defeat No. 4 Tennessee 60-59 on Feb. 12, 1968 to propel Kentucky to the SEC title.

College GameDay was also in town for Kentucky vs. Kansas two weeks ago.

Though the school has been featured multiple times in a single season, Kentucky has never hosted GameDay twice before in Lexington. This marks just the second time in history the GameDay crew has gone to the same location twice in one season, with North Carolina (2017) being the only other.

Kentucky’s appearance on February 16 will also tie North Carolina and Duke for the most total GameDay shows with 18.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for College GameDay is returning to Lexington



  1. bluemoonofkentucky
    2:58 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Good move, GameDay!!



  2. katmandue2you
    3:57 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    May should’ve left it in RUPP for this one. With the Vols coming to town numero uno might need a venue that can hold 20000+ for Gameday! But of course it’ll be supercool in Memorial!!



    • lexcatfan2367
      4:58 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

      Why? Not even half of those people will have a ticket to the game.



  3. catsarerunnin
    6:47 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    Love that’s it going to be in Memorial. I wish the Cats would play one game a year there.



  4. njCat
    4:07 pm February 10, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder if they’ll shuttle a UT player over for Bilas’ interview?