Louisville and Memphis, two former conference rivals who have faced off 89 times, will do so once again in December, as the headliner of the Gotham Classic in New York.
The game, which is set for December 16 at Madison Square Garden, was officially announced today as the showcase match-up of the Gotham Classic.
Louisville has a 53-36 edge in the rivalry series between the two, which spans many decades and multiple conference affiliations. Memphis, however, currently holds bragging rights after the 72-66 win over the Cardinals back on March 1, 2014.
The Cardinals and Tigers aren't the only schools involved, however. Both teams will also face off with mid-majors Albany, Bryant, and Siena. From Louisville's release:
Joining the Cardinals and Tigers in the 2017 Gotham Classic are Albany, Bryant and Siena. UofL and Memphis will each play home games against those three teams in addition to playing each other at Madison Square Garden. Albany, Bryant and Siena will also play round-robin games with Siena hosting Albany, Albany hosting Bryant, and Bryant hosting Siena.
Louisville and Memphis have a long basketball history. The two schools are each former members of the Missouri Valley Conference, Metro Conference, and Conference USA. Before Louisville left the American Athletic Conference for the ACC, it spent one final year as conference mates with that spin-off of the Big East, as Memphis joined the AAC when it formed.