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Kentucky and Notre Dame reportedly looking at 3 locations for 2022 matchup

“We’ve talked about Chicago and maybe even the Bay Area. “

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When Kentucky and Notre Dame signed a three-year contract back in 2020, the plan has always been to find a neutral site for the 2022 game.

Well, it appears that John Calipari and Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey have started to narrow down some options for where that game will be held.

In an appearance on College Hoops Today with Jon Rothstein, Brey mentioned that him and Coach Cal have been talking through some potential cities to host the game.

“We’ve not decided on that. John Calipari and I were on the road this summer. We talked about (Madison Square) Garden. We’ve talked about Chicago and maybe even the Bay Area. The marketing group that kind of handles both of us is based out there, they’ve thrown that around, too. Nothing decided yet.”

Many fans will remember last year's heartbreaking loss to the Irish as the Cats fell 64-63. Kentucky will look to bounce back and pick up a win on December 11th at the Joyce Center, this season.

In Calipari’s career at Kentucky the series is split between UK and Notre Dame at 2-2. With some high-intensity games under their belt already, Brey is a fan of the series with UK.

“It’s a great series for us. We’ve had great games with them. The (2015) Regional Final game in Cleveland was...people still talk about that game, the energy in the building, two teams going at it. I thought it was natural for us to do the series and make it a three-game (deal). But still don’t know where Year 3 will be.”

With several big time venue options lined up for the game next season, one could imagine that this matchup will once again make for a great viewing experience.