Michigan-Kentucky to play next 3 years, including in London next year

Carrie Guzman
December 7, 2019

Kentucky and MI will play three games against each other over the next three years, starting in London in December 2020, the schools announced Thursday. "I imagine the home-and-home games the following seasons will be as good as any nonconference games in the country".

Beginning with a trip to O2 Arena in London in December of 2020 - exact date to be announced at a later time - the Wildcats and Wolverines will play three consecutive seasons.

The Cats have played internationally on a number of occasions for foreign exhibition tours, but the game in London will mark only the fourth regular-season trip outside the U.S. The Wildcats have also played in Canada and Mexico.

The University of Kentucky men's basketball program, which has been dribbling the roundball since 1903, keeps finding ways to break new ground. First, we can exhibit college basketball overseas in London before playing that traditional home and home series against two of the best basketball environments in the country.

Kentucky's long-rumored game "across the pond" has come to fruition.

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The Wolverines' last matchup with Kentucky occurred in the 2014 Elite Eight, when guard Aaron Harrison nailed a game-winning three-pointer with just 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 75-72 victory and send them to the Final Four. This is referred to as a "home-and-home" series.

While few are going to complain about a Kentucky-Michigan series, it may irk another Big Ten program: longtime United Kingdom rival Indiana.

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, who attended Kentucky and played two seasons for current MI coach Juwan Howard when Howard was a Heat assistant, told MLive this summer that he believed Howard was trying to schedule Kentucky. That team defeated Kentucky in the 1993 Final Four in New Orleans, with Howard scoring 17 points.

"This series with MI checks off a lot of boxes when we're looking at teams to schedule", Kentucky coach John Calipari said. The on-campus visits are the first in the series since 1968 (Kentucky Invitational Tournament) and 1970 (in Ann Arbor). "What a unique three-game series".

MI is 0-1 in Ann Arbor and 1-2 in Lexington against the Wildcats.

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