Gonzaga, Kentucky agree on home-and-home series, beginning Nov. 20

Gonzaga has faced off against the Wildcats only once, with Kentucky winning 80-72 at the 2002 Maui Invitational.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will face off against the University of Kentucky Wildcats in a non-conference matchup on Nov. 20 in The Kennel as part of a home-and-home series.

The matchup was announced by UK Head Coach John Calipari, who was joined by Mark Few on a telethon being hosted to benefit Kentucky flood victims. GU will play at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky during the 2023-24 season. According to Corey Price, excluding UCLA, next year’s game in Lexington will Kentucky’s first home game against a ranked opponent from the west coast since a game against No. 4 USC in 1964.

The Zags have faced off against the Wildcats only once in a ranked matchup at the 2002 Maui Invitational. No. 20 GU lost 80-72 to the No. 15 Wildcats. Both teams would qualify for the NCAA Tournament later that year, with the Zags bowing out in the opening round as the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16.

Since that singular matchup, the Zags have evolved into a perennial top five team in college basketball under Mark Few. UK has seen a few different faces as the head man of Big Blue Nation, most recently John Calipari, who won the 2012 NCAA Championship in only his third year.

This move likely completes the Zags’ loaded non-conference schedule for the 2022-23 season, which includes Texas, UNC, Baylor, Michigan State and recently added Kent State of the Mid-American conference.

For fans, it will be an opportunity to watch All-American Drew Timme face off against National Player of The Year Oscar Tshiebwe. The two last faced off when Tshiebwe played for West Virginia before transferring to KU the following year. Timme put up 17 points and three rebounds as Tshiebwe countered with 14 points and nine rebounds in a five-point GU win.

Tommy Conmy is a copy editor. Follow him on Twitter: @tommyconmy.

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