ASU basketball to play home-and-home series vs. Kansas starting in 2017

Coach Bill Self and Kansas will host ASU on Dec. 10 and pay a return visit to Tempe on Dec. 22, 2018.
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

TEMPE, Ariz. — Top-ranked Kansas and Arizona State will play a home-and-home series starting next season in Lawrence.

The Sun Devils will play at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 10, then the Jayhawks will visit Tempe on Dec. 22, 2018.

Kansas and Arizona State have met nine times, the last in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks, who have won five of the nine, have not played at Arizona State since a 70-68 loss in the 1990 season opener.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley has tried to beef up the Sun Devils’ schedule in his two seasons in the desert, including games against Kentucky and Creighton this year.

“This home-and-home is the kind of series we want on our schedule,” Hurley said. “Getting great programs to visit Wells Fargo Arena is a high priority, and we appreciate Kansas and Coach Self agreeing to what will be a very entertaining two-year match-up.”