Eastern Kentucky University announced Thursday that its men’s basketball team will play Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Dec. 9. That will mark the second straight season the teams have played.
Of course, new Eastern Kentucky Coach Dan McHale is a UK graduate.
“It will be special to take a team into Rupp Arena for the first time as a head coach,” McHale said in a news release. “I met my wife and a lot of special people that are still very close to me while I was a student at UK. Between now and then I won’t be thinking much about that. My effort will be spent every day on getting our Eastern Kentucky team ready to win all 31 games on the schedule.”
UK and EKU had played only once before 1990. Since then they’ve played 10 times.
UK won last season’s meeting 82-49. Eastern took pride in scoring more points against Kentucky than Kansas, Providence, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri and UCLA.
Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this past season and made its third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division and the Colonels have finished in the top three in the conference each of the last three seasons.