Even though the on-again, off-again rivalry between North Carolina and Kentucky is on hiatus this coming college basketball season, fans will still have a chance to get a taste of the rivalry.
Alumni teams from both schools will square off in a charity game on Sept. 13 at Rupp Arena, Kentucky announced on Friday.
The game will feature current and former professional players from both North Carolina and Kentucky. It's unclear which players will participate at this point, but the two programs have put so many players into the NBA in recent years that organizers will have plenty of options from which to choose.
Seventeen North Carolina alums played in the NBA last season including Ty Lawson, Danny Green, Harrison Barnes and Vince Carter. Eighteen Kentucky alums played in the NBA last season including John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
Among the players who should have the most motivation are members of the 2011-12 North Carolina team that lost 73-72 to the Wildcats during the regular season and then missed out on a potential rematch in the Final Four when point guard Kendall Marshall got injured in the NCAA tournament. Barnes, a sophomore on that team, made note of that game on Twitter on Friday.
Assembling a UNC team for a return trip to Rupp Arena on Sept 13 to take on the Cats! This time the result will be different! #AlumniGame— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) July 31, 2015
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