University of Kentucky fans will get to enjoy a blast from the past this fall when former Wildcats Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings square off in an NBA exhibition game in Rupp Arena.
The game is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., the Lexington Center Corp., announced Tuesday.
Tickets for the Oct. 17 exhibition range in price from $10 to $250 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the Rupp Arena box office, www.ticketmaster.com or www.RuppArena.com, or by calling Ticket Master at 1-800-745-3000.
Davis, who is widely regarded as the NBA's next superstar, signed a five-year, $145 million contract extension this summer to remain with New Orleans. The 22-year-old Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks last season while guiding New Orleans to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. He finished fifth in voting for the league's MVP award.
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“I'm really excited about the opportunity to play at Rupp Arena again in front of the Big Blue Nation," Davis said in a news release. "I always look forward to going back to Kentucky and visiting with the players, coaches and fans."
Cousins, the subject of trade speculation on NBA Draft night, remains the centerpiece of the Kings' future and is now surrounded by fellow former Wildcats Rajon Rondo and Willie Cauley-Stein. Cousins averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals last season. Cauley-Stein was the No. 6 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to play in Lexington with my Kings teammates," Cauley-Stein said in the release. "Rupp Arena is the home of many great memories for me and it's a unique opportunity to experience it as a professional for the Big Blue Nation fans that made my time as a Wildcat so memorable."
Davis and the Pelicans played the Miami Heat in Louisville's KFC Yum Center during the NBA's preseason last year.
This will mark the first NBA exhibition in Rupp Arena since 2013, when ex-Cat John Wall's Washington Wizards took on Davis and the Pelicans.