LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky announced a three-game college basketball series with Notre Dame beginning this coming season in Rupp Arena.
UK and the Irish will have a tough act to follow.
The last time the teams played came in the 2015 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region finals. Notre Dame led for much of the first 30 minutes. But Karl-Anthony Towns' 25 points enabled unbeaten Kentucky to rally and win, 68-66. As the players left the court, the expression on the faces of UK players suggested relief tinged with disbelief.
"If our previous games are any indication, this is going to be a great series ...," UK coach John Calipari said in a news release. "The game in 2015 in the Elite Eight was one of the best all-around games I've been a part of. Elite play from both teams."
Kentucky has played Notre Dame twice earlier during Calipari's time as coach. UK beat Notre Dame in Louisville in 2010-11 and the Irish won in South Bend in 2012-13.
Game times and what network will televise the games will be announced later, UK said.
"I've got a feeling these three games are going to provide some similar battles," Calipari said. "Mike Brey is a terrific coach who always builds teams that are going to fight and give you everything they've got."
The first game in the series will be played in Rupp Arena on Dec. 12, 2020.
The second game will be played at a neutral site on Dec. 11, 2021. That site will be announced later, the news release said.
The third game will be played at Notre Dame on Dec. 10, 2022.