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Kentucky to face Monmouth in inaugural Citi Hoops Classic at MSG

Kentucky head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mike Lawrie

The Kentucky men’s basketball team will take on Monmouth in the inaugural Citi Hoops Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden, G3 announced Monday.

“This is a great opportunity to play a strong and up and coming team in a historic venue,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement. “We love coming to New York and look forward to seeing the Big Blue Nation in full force out east.”

Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight in last season’s NCAA Tournament where the Wildcats fell to eventual national champion North Carolina, 75-73.

“I’ve looked up to Coach Calipari for a long time,” said King Rice, who is entering his seventh season as Monmouth’s head coach. “This game will be a great chance for our two teams to play each other outside of our conferences.”

Monmouth finished last season with a 27-6 record but fell to Siena in the second round of the MAAC Tournament before losing to Ole Miss in the NIT.

The Citi Hoops Classic plans to continue in 2018, but the opposing teams have yet to be announced.

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