ASU and Kentucky are close to signing a deal Tuesday that would put in place a multiyear series starting on Dec. 12 in Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The second game will be played in 2016 in the Bahamas at the site of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament that is played each November.
Kentucky, the No. 1 team in the country for most of last season, lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four after compiling a 38-0 record heading into the game with the Badgers.
Led by John Calipari, the Wildcats will lose many of the key players from that 38-1 team to the NBA this offseason but still figure to be one of the nation's elite teams.
The Sun Devils are coming off an 18-16 season and recently hired head coach Bobby Hurley, who has immediately injected life into the organization.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio first reported that the teams were discussing a series and Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was the first to indicate that the deal was close to being finalized.
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