Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, who attended Kentucky and played two seasons for current Michigan coach Juwan Howard when Howard was a Heat assistant, told MLive this summer that he believed Howard was trying to schedule Kentucky.
“What a unique three-game series. First, we get to showcase collegiate basketball overseas in London before playing that traditional home-and-home series in front of two of the nation’s best basketball environments.
We cannot wait.”
It was the Wolverines’ fifth regular-season trip out of the United States, all of which took them to the Caribbean. The program has gone to Europe before for preseason exhibition games, most recently in the summer of 2018, but has never travelled to London.
In fact, this will be the first college basketball game to be played there. It will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and serve as a fundraiser the Hall, according to the schools.
Additional details, such as the exact date of the game and ticket sales will be announced in January.
The Wildcats were ranked No. 1 earlier this season and are currently eighth.
“This series with Michigan checks off a lot of boxes when we’re looking at teams to schedule,” head coach John Calipari said in a statement. “The first thing is, to add an opponent like Michigan and to do so at a point in the schedule where we’re beginning to find out who we are as a team will be important in our development.
“And then to be able to do something different — to be first, which our fans know we love to do — and play this first game is London will be an unforgettable experience for our players and for our fans. I imagine the home-and-home games the following seasons will be as good as any nonconference games in the country.
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