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Kentucky and North Carolina to renew their series

Jan 28, 2013, 1:47 PM EST

North Carolina's Barnes battles pressure from Kentucky's Kidd-Gilchrist during the first half of play in their NCAA basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington

Kentucky and North Carolina have agreed to a two-year series starting next season after taking a one-year hiatus from the rivalry.

Next season, the game will be played in Chapel Hill. In 2014-2015, the game will be played in Rupp Arena. If you remember, last season’s game between Kentucky and UNC was one of the most entertaining games of the season, with the outcome being decided on a blocked shot by Anthony Davis.

This news will likely dismay Indiana fans. Calipari temporarily ended the rivalry with Indiana because he didn’t want to play the game on-campus; he wanted to have it held in Lucas Oil Stadium. Tom Crean wanted the game played at Rupp Arena and in Assembly Hall. This news will likely only add fuel to the theory that Coach Cal was afraid to go back into Bloomington after losing there last season.

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  1. ukraiders - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    In all honesty do you know of the stories from how the fans acted?? This was just about how you got to stop ignorance from happening before somebody got shot or stabbed. Its a nasty rivalry that 2 fan bases take too seriously. I live in southern Indiana where dumb people (both sides) can’t talk about it. Its UNC where they can not hate each other

  2. ku62 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Would this announcement make more waves if at least one of them were ranked?

  3. beaverdam21 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Lets see UK defending champs, UNC Final 8, would have been deeper if Marshall didn’t go down in tournament, plus how many went in first round -9? Maybe all in first half of first round??? Plus the 2 winningest programs of all time??? Give it a rest buddy, this is news in I think most people’s book.

  4. arlingtonsynn - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Hopefully this is a sign that Cal is moving back towards embracing a tough regular season schedule now that his home winning streak is gone.

    Now call up Crean and get that home and home game scheduled.

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