Kentucky will return to the Bahamas in the 2016-17 season to play Arizona State, UK announced Monday.
UK will play Arizona State on Nov. 28, 2016. The game will be played in the 3,800-seat Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. The game will fulfill a two-year deal with Arizona State, which plays at Kentucky this coming season on Dec. 12.
“We are thrilled to return to the Bahamas in 2016 to play Arizona State,” UK Coach John Calipari said in a news release. “The Bahamas bring back a lot of good memories for our team. It was there we built the foundation for our unforgettable 2014-15 season. I have a ton of respect for Coach Bobby Hurley and believe he’s going to take Arizona State to the next level. A great opponent coupled with a beautiful setting after the holiday weekend should make this an unbelievable trip for our fans.”
Kentucky hasn’t played Arizona State since the 2002 Maui Invitational.
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Of course, UK played in the Bahamas last August. Six exhibition games served as a tuneup and experiment with the platoon system of substitutions.