For the second consecutive year, a Bobby Hurley-coached team will face off against the vaunted Kentucky Wildcats (his Buffalo Bulls visited Kentucky last November), as Hurley’s new squad Arizona State and Kentucky just agreed to play in an ongoing series starting next year.
From Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio (h/t Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com):
Kentucky and Arizona State will begin a multiyear series starting on Dec. 12 in Rupp Arena, sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio first reported that the two sides were in talks.
The second game of the series will be played in 2016 in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort — the same site as the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament played each November. Sources told CBSSports.com that no date has been set yet for the second game of this series.
Hurley has been busy ever since being hired last month at Arizona State. He also managed to get St. John’s on the next year’s schedule, as those two teams will meet at MGM Grand in Las Vegas next December. The Sun Devils are coming off a season in which they went 18-16 and lost in the second round of the NIT to Richmond.
Kentucky, meanwhile, will have to overcome seven players heading to the NBA after having a nearly-perfect season at 38-1. The Wildcats do return Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis while bringing in another top-5 recruiting class.