Virginia Tech will be making a trip across state lines to visit Rupp Arena next season.
Kentucky announced a one-year deal to play Virginia Tech as part of its nonconference schedule for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday. The game will be played on Dec. 16.
Despite the fact the universities from bordering states are only four hours apart, the Wildcats and Hokies haven’t met in a basketball game in more than 20 years.
Their most recent game came in 1996, when the Rick Pitino-led Wildcats came out with an 84-60 victory in the NCAA Tournament. That was en route to Kentucky’s national championship win over Syracuse.
The schools have met four times with Kentucky holding a 3-1 edge, but this will be the first matchup at Rupp Arena.
Last season, Virginia Tech finished 22-11 and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 9 seed. Buzz Williams’ squad lost 84-74 in the first round to Wisconsin. It was the program’s first March Madness appearance since the 2006-07 season.
Here’s a look at Kentucky’s nonconference schedule as it stands right now:
Nov. 14 vs. Kansas (Champions Classic), Chicago, United Center
Dec. 2 vs. Harvard (home)
Dec. 9 vs. Monmouth (Citi Double Cash Classic), New York, Madison Square Garden
Dec. 16 vs. Virginia Tech (home)
Dec. 23 vs. UCLA (CBS Sports Classic), New Orleans, Smoothie King Center