This could be bad news if you want to see more Kentucky-North Carolina in the future.
Speaking on a podcast for ESPN’s Andy Katz, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams hints that the ACC’s change from 18 conference games to 20 in 2019 could make it difficult for a Kentucky-North Carolina series to happen beyond that year. The two storied programs are slated to meet in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. Then the Wildcats are scheduled to visit Chapel Hill during the 2017-18 season, with the Tar Heels returning the favor in Lexington the following year.
But beyond that, who knows?
Here’s what Williams had to say about the topic, courtesy of KentuckySportsRadio.com:
“I asked one of those guys [in the NCAA Tournament selection committee] one time, ‘Would you rather have North Carolina vs. Kentucky or would you rather have North Carolina and whoever was last in the league?’ They said, ‘We’d rather have North Carolina/Kentucky.’ I said, ‘Well, if you have more conference games, you lose some possibilities of having those kind of games.’”
This would be a shame for college basketball fans who enjoy seeing the two programs face off. It’s understandable that the ACC would want to increase the number of games between its member programs, but there’s something about traditional powers going at it that contributes to a season’s excitement.
This situation will be worth following.