Posted by Jeff Borzello
The rivalries between college basketball powers in Kentucky and Tennessee are some of the best in the country.
Beginning next year, Memphis and Louisville will continue the contempt between colleges in the area, with the two schools renewing their series as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout. It will be a two-year series – televised on CBS Sports – with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
The first game will take place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, with Memphis hosting the return game in 2012-13.
“Memphis and Louisville have a storied rivalry and a long tradition of competitive games,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said in a release. “We’re excited to have them back on our schedule.”
“Since I got this job two years ago, our fans have talked to be on numerous occasions about the Memphis-Louisville rivalry, and how much they want to renew the series,” Memphis head coach Josh Pastner added. “This is a great rivalry not only for the schools and their fans, but it’s also one of college basketball’s top rivalries.”
Memphis and Louisville have faced each other 85 times, but not since 2005, when they were both in Conference-USA. Next season, each team will likely be a top-20 preseason squad.