Heated: The Biggest Rivalries In College Basketball

Basketball | 3/20/19

College basketball thrives on rivalries. When two sworn enemies face off against each other for the first time during the season, you can expect there to be fireworks. The fire doesn’t burn out in that first matchup, either. The intensity only escalates as tournament positioning approaches and the rivals need a victory. Out of the hundreds of programs in college basketball, a good number of them developed a real hatred for specific teams. Get a load of the biggest and best rivalries in NCAA basketball.

Stanford vs. Cal Berkely

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The on-the-court rivalry between Cal and Stanford gets a little overshadowed by their gridiron matchups, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that these teams duke it out on the court whenever they play. Both sides have had great players. Stanford hosted the likes of Brook and Robin Lopez while Cal has had Jason Kidd and Jalen Brown most recently.

These Pac-12 contenders have played each other hundreds of times but Cal has the lead in their series matchup (149-122).