Monday, November 27, 2017

KU, Villanova announce future hoops series

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) has a shot contested by Villanova forward Daniel Ochefu (23) during the second half, Saturday, March 26, 2016 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) has a shot contested by Villanova forward Daniel Ochefu (23) during the second half, Saturday, March 26, 2016 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.


When the two programs met up in the Elite Eight in 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, it was clear they were among two of the absolute best in college basketball.

But thanks to a Monday morning announcement from both schools, hoops fans no longer have to hope for a showdown in the NCAA Tournament to see the two schools on the same floor.

Kansas and Villanova announced Monday the creation of a two-year series that will pit the Jayhawks against the Wildcats, first in Lawrence in 2018 and again in Philadelphia in 2019.

The Jayhawks and Wildcats will play Dec. 15, 2018, in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, and Dec. 21, 2019, at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Kansas-Villanova series dates back to 1968 and is tied at 3. Four of the six meetings have taken place on neutral floors. KU and Villanova also played a home-and-home series in 2004 and 2005, with both teams winning on their home floors.

The complete 2018-19 KU non-conference schedule will be released after the current season, but the following games already have been announced:

Nov. 6 - Michigan State (Champions Classic), Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.

Nov. 21 & 23 - NIT (Marquette, Tennessee, Louisville), Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dec. 1 - vs. Stanford at Allen Fieldhouse

Dec. 15 - vs. Villanova at Allen Fieldhouse

Dec. 22 - at Arizona State, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.


Bryce Landon 2 years, 1 month ago

Tired of getting outsmarted by the Wildcats' matchup zone defense like we were in the Elite Eight and before that in the Bahamas. Hopefully these next two seasons we can figure it out.

Craig Carson 2 years, 1 month ago

with the guards and front court KU will have next year, dont think the match up zone D is gonna work..especially if Nova loses a few of its players

Bryce Landon 2 years, 1 month ago

Why? It works. We got to the Final Four in 2012 on the strength of a triangle-and-two zone.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure that you know this, but the box-and-1 and the triangle-and-2 defenses are "junk" defenses. They are a last resort to use against a team that has one or 2 players who are killing you and playing traditional man or zone defenses has failed.

If a team tried to make box-and-1 or triangle-and-2 a primary defense I would predict that the opposition would destroy it pretty easily with a game plan that spreads the floor with ball-movement, exploits matchups, and generates lots of fouls.

Traditional zones and trapping defenses have proven that they can be effective, but any team which relies on a zone defense has to have a reliable backup defense because each zone defense has inherent weaknesses.

I actually like watching a well-run zone defense, seeing how players move in unison and work as a unit, but I believe that Bill Self's strategy is to have the best athletes well-training in tight man-to-man defense with scripted trapping, hedging, and switching is the best way to play defense if you have the athletes for it. If you don't have the best athletes you can still play good man defense by excellent game-planning of how to handle screens, when to trap, who/when/where to double team, how to help the helper, spacing and angles. etc. Good man defense either requires better athletes, or extreme discipline. Bill Self demands both.

Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 1 month ago

“Outsmarted” by a matchup zone defense; ‘‘‘tis to laugh. :)

Good to play these home and homes with known quality programs; fun for the fans, excellent for resumé building for the tourney.

Roger Ortega 2 years, 1 month ago

Being an east coaster now I'm thrilled I'll have a couple of opportunities to see the Jayhawks in 2018 and 2019! I mean I'll fly back "home" for a game as well but there's something special about seeing Jayhawk gear in New York and Philly! Our fans run deep!

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