GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Calvin and Hope college men’s basketball teams will meet for the 200th time Saturday.
The teams’ rivalry has spanned 99 years. Hope leads the all-time series 103 games to 96, though Calvin won the teams’ 199th contest earlier this month.
“It’s pretty cool to be a part of something that’s been going on for 200 contests,” Calvin coach Kevin VandeStreek said. “That doesn’t happen every day in every sport. It’s pretty neat. I’m a big history guy, so it’s cool to be a part of so many games, so many stories, so many players.”
“There’s been so many great players on both sides,” Calvin junior Alex Bos said. “Coach Streek’s been here for 23 years, been a part of it for so long. A lot of the Hope coaches have played in it. So just carrying on the legacy of just a great rivalry, great sportsmanship, great competition.”
Longtime Hope coach Glenn Van Wieren agreed that he can’t play Calvin without memories bubbling over.
The last matchup was at Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids. Saturday’s will be at DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland.