As far as college basketball goes, January 30, 2016 will be as good as it gets. Kansas and Kentucky, the sport’s two winningest programs will meet in the annual Big 12/SEC challenge. But, unlike the Champions Classic, where they’d meet on a neutral court, this game will be played in historic Allen Fieldhouse, giving fans of the game a special treat.
Kansas already will boast its usual tough non-conference schedule, but adding Kentucky, who is coming off consecutive Final Four trips sends the slate into the stratosphere in a game that will be one of the toughest tickets to come by for a Kansas home game in its rich history.
“The addition of Kentucky to our home schedule makes it one of the more attractive home schedules that we’ve had,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said in a statement. “Even though the game is during conference play, I know with Kentucky coming here the interest level will be very high. Anytime you get the opportunity to have the number one and two winningest programs in college basketball face each other, the attention for that game will be great.”
The game will also mark the first time Kentucky has visited Lawrence, since the Jayhawks ran them off the floor 73-46 on January 7, 2006. That day Tubby Smith led the Wildcats, who featured future NBA All Star Rajon Rondo at point guard. 10 years later, Kentucky is a dominant force in college basketball, led by John Calipari, who has led them to four Final Fours and a national title, which came in 2012 over Kansas.
The two teams last met in November in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, where the Wildcats dismantled Kansas 72-40. Kentucky leads the overall series 22-6.