North Carolina’s marquee matchup against national power and rival Kentucky is always a must see game. The 2014 battle between the two programs will take place on December 13th, as Inside Carolina and Andrew Carter tweeted this morning.
UNC at Kentucky now has a date. And that date is Dec. 13, a Saturday. At noon. (tip of the hat to @InsideCarolina).
— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) July 3, 2014
Kentucky announces that it will host UNC this coming hoops season on Dec. 13 – noon tip-off. — InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) July 3, 2014
Carter added in a later tweet that the game, played in Rupp Arena, will be on CBS on T.V.
North Carolina and Kentucky first played on February 29, 1924 in the Southern Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. Carolina would win that day while doubling up score on Kentucky, 41-20.
The teams have played 35 more times since that game, and last played on December 13th, 2014. 18th ranked North Carolina beat 11th ranked Kentucky in front of a white-out crowd at the Dean E. Smith Center.
If you want to relive the glory of that game, check out the YouTube clip above and my column I posted in the excitement after the game.
That game was one of the highlights of the 2013 season for Carolina and padded the Heel’s comfortable 23-13 all-time series lead against Kentucky.
Other notable games in the rivalry were the games in 2011 and 2010. First ranked Kentucky beat fifth ranked Carolina by one point on December 3rd, 2011. But just a year earlier, the unranked Tar Heels took down 10th ranked Kentucky by two points at home.
The teams have also met in the NCAA tournament three times, in the 1997 Elite Eight, 1995 Elite Eight and 2011 Elite Eight. UNC won the first two, but Kentucky ended the Heel’s season in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.