When fans talk college basketball, there can’t be much of a discussion without Arizona and Connecticut. The two programs have combined for eight final four appearances in the last 20 years, Connecticut has two titles in the last three years and Sean Miller has the Wildcats back among the nation’s elite.
On Wednesday, the schools agreed to a two-year home and home series for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The first of the match ups will take place at the McHale Center, home of the Wildcats, before traveling to Storrs the following year.
The two teams have faced each other five times on the hardwood with the most notable game coming in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Both were top-five seeds, however, the Huskies prevailed in a 65-63 overtime thriller that saw Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb dominate down the stretch. Connecticut went on to cut down the nets and raise a banner, one of their four NCAA titles.
The added game will bolster both programs’ schedule strength and should prove to be an early test in a sport where performance against ranked teams matters above all in the regular season.
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