College basketball fans should rejoice.
Two of the top seven programs with the most wins in college basketball history will be facing off against one another again in 2015 and 2016.
The Kentucky Wildcats and UCLA Bruins agreed to play in a home-and-home series starting in 2015 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. It will mark the first time Kentucky will travel to Los Angeles since 1959.
In 2016, the Bruins will make their first ever trip to Rupp Arena on Dec. 3, 2016.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is excited about the upcoming series against the Bruins.
“Not only does Big Blue Nation get to see two of the historic programs in Rupp Arena, it gives our fans on the other side of the country a chance to see our team in person.”
The Bruins and No. 1 ranked Wildcats will face off in Chicago on Dec. 20.
UCLA and Kentucky are two of the most storied programs ever to grace the hardwood.
The Wildcats are No. 1 all-time with 2, 140 wins. The Bruins are not far behind at No. 7, winning 1,781 games. UCLA has won 11 national championships while Kentucky has won eight, most recently in 2012.
As of today, the two programs are pretty far apart but UCLA is hoping to close the gap. Kentucky boasts the most talented team in the country and has been ranked No. 1 since the season started. Calipari has done an unbelievable job on the recruiting trail since taking over in Lexington and it almost seems unfair the amount of talent he assembles year in and year out.
UCLA and head coach Steve Alford are trying to get back to the promised land. The Bruins are currently 7-2 but have lost the two games against prominent opponents in North Carolina and Oklahoma. Alford did a great job in his first season, leading the Bruins to a 28-9 record. UCLA made an appearance to the Sweet 16 before bowing out to the Florida Gators.
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