Rivalries. Every team has them. In the NFL, it is the Steelers and the Ravens or the Packers and the Vikings. In the NBA, it is the Cavaliers and the Warriors. In baseball, it is the Yankees and the Red Sox. But, what about college basketball? Let's find out.

Duke vs. North Carolina:

This is no doubt the top rivalry in the history of college basketball. These two teams played each other for the very first time on January 24, 1920 and have matched up twice a year ever since. UNC leads the all time series 134-108. From Dean Smith, to Coach K, to Roy Williams, to MJ, this rivalry has had its fair share of big names.

UCLA vs. Arizona:

Since meeting for the first time on February 19, 1923, UCLA vs. Arizona has been one of the premier matches in college basketball. UCLA leads the all time record 55-40. Former Arizona coach Lute Olson made the difference in the overall series. Before Arizona hired Lute Olson in 1984, the Wildcats had lost all but two of the prior matches. Since the hire, the Wildcats have lead the series 38-30.

Louisville vs. Kentucky:

Louisville and Kentucky first met all the way back on February 15 of 1913. They have played 49 times in the regular season - Kentucky leading the overall series 34-15. This particular rivalry was refueled when Louisville hired former Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino to fill the very same role for the Cardinals. The date for the next matchup between these two teams has not been set yet, but make sure to tune in when it is.

Indiana vs. Purdue:

One of the very oldest rivalries in all of sports, these two college basketball stalwarts met for the very first time on March 2, 1901. Indiana has taken on Purdue at least once per year since 1901. Purdue leads the overall series 115-89, but both Hoosiers and Boilermakers have the same number of conference championships, 22. Two of the Big Ten's top teams playing every year, twice a year? Yes please.

 

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Published by Joseph Lowery