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Kentucky and Notre Dame discussing neutral site game at Madison Square Garden

(Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

(Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Who’s up for a trip to New York City?

According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, John Calipari and Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey have discussed a neutral site game at Madison Square Garden.

Back in May, Kentucky announced a three-year series with Notre Dame, with the first game taking place December 12, 2020 in Lexington. From there, the second game will be played at a to-be-determined neutral site on December 11, 2021, followed by the third game in South Bend on December 10, 2022.

In this scenario, that second game scheduled for the 2020-2021 season will be played under the lights of arguably the most historic basketball venue in the world.

“If our previous games are any indication, this is going to be a great series,” Calipari said in a release from UK. “I can remember playing Notre Dame in 2010 in Freedom Hall and Ben Hansbrough going crazy in the first half and Terrence Jones willing us to victory in the second half. We went to South Bend a couple years later and that place was nuts. The football team was there and they thumped us. And then the game in 2015 in the Elite Eight was one of the best all-around games I’ve been a part of. Elite play from both teams.

“I’ve got a feeling these three games are going to provide some similar battles. Mike Brey is a terrific coach who always builds teams that are going to fight and give you everything they’ve got. I really like how our non-conference schedule is coming together for the next few seasons.”

Kentucky and Notre Dame have only met eight times in Lexington, with the Cats coming out on top in every meeting. UK leads the series 10-6 in South Bend, Indiana, but the Irish have won two straight in the series at home, including a 64-50 win in 2012.

Would you be up for Kentucky vs. Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for Kentucky and Notre Dame discussing neutral site game at Madison Square Garden



  1. Alex90
    1:56 pm June 23, 2020 Permalink

    But why? How about you just reward your fans by keeping it somewhat local



  2. sprtphan
    2:16 pm June 23, 2020 Permalink

    Why not Indianapolis or Louisville. Never a thought about the local fans.



  3. runningunnin.454
    3:52 pm June 23, 2020 Permalink

    They both have roots back east; guess they think NYC is a big deal. I remember when UK played ND every year in Louisville during the ’60’s and ’70’s. I think the games were played there because ND didn’t have adequate facilities for a long time…after all, they are a football school.



  4. UKrailbird
    5:21 pm June 23, 2020 Permalink

    Won’t find me traveling to that cesspool ever again!