For Kentucky, matchups with Duke are rare. But when they happen, they are something to behold.
The last four times the Wildcats and Blue Devils have matched up – spread over two decades – both teams have been ranked in the top 10. Of the 19 total games in the series, 12 have been played between ranked teams and six with a team at No. 1. They have played once for the national championship, once in the Final Four, twice in the Elite Eight and once in the Sweet 16. Thirteen of the games have been decided by six points or less and three in overtime.
With the two teams set to add another chapter to the storied series for the first time in 11 seasons, it’s only fitting that John Calipari would spend both practices of the weekend leading up to the game not even mentioning Duke.