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ASU Basketball: Sun Devils schedule home-and-home with Kansas

The Sun Devils visit the Jayhawks next year, then host them in 2018.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils have scheduled a home-and-home series with the Kansas Jayhawks set to start next season, the program announced Wednesday.

The Sun Devils will travel to Lawrence, Kan. next season to play the Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Kansas will then come to Tempe to face ASU the following year on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018.

The two programs haven’t played each other since March 22, 2003, when the No. 6 Jayhawks defeated the Sun Devils, 108-76, in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

Kansas currently leads the all-time series, 4-5.

Bobby Hurley and his Sun Devils will have a chance to compete against one of college basketball’s most storied and successful blue-blood programs, and have been no stranger to taking on such competition since his arrival.

The Jayhawks are currently ranked as the top team in the country. In Hurley’s two seasons, ASU has faced six opponents ranked within the top 10 (will be seven following the Sun Devils’ upcoming matchup with No. 7 Arizona), and even took on a then-ranked No. 1 Kentucky team earlier this year.

Underscoring the contests is a potential meeting with guard Sam Cunliffe, who transferred from ASU earlier this season to join Kansas.