Preview of the 2022 matchup vs Gonzaga and Kentucky

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In the current era of NCAA basketball, the non-conference slate has become very “feast or famine” in terms of high-level games. They’ve either become incredibly good top-20 matchups or buy-in games with a home team power conference versus a lower-level mid-major program.

There’s also a regular lack of true ‘home and home’ series, where playing in one team’s place one year, then coming back into favor the following season. There are several reasons for this, including the desire not to plan tricky games without knowing what the roster looks like, as well as how the new NET formula favors neutral site combat more than at home.

Still, there are rare instances of it happening. And the latest example comes between two major NCAA basketball programs and Hall of Fame head coaches. During Kentucky’s telethon and scrimmage for Flood Relief efforts on Tuesday, Mark Few of Gonzaga called to talk to John Calipari about some news between the programs.

The first game of the home-and-home series is scheduled for Sunday, November 20. It’s essentially part of the “Party Week”, with a load of quality matchups in the sport that will be played within that time frame. But the Wildcats travel to Spokane to play to take a program from the West Coast Conference.

Both teams are expected to be ranked in the top-10 in the preseason poll, possibly top-5. So it will be one of the most anticipated matchups of the coming season. For an early look into the game, here are five storylines to keep an eye on.

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