According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, Villanova and Virginia have agreed to a series on the hard court starting next season.
Villanova and Virginia will begin a home-and-home series in December, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. The first game will be at Virginia before moving the series to Philadelphia in 2016-17.
As the respective regular-season champions of the Big East and the ACC, Villanova and Virginia should engage in a lively series for the next couple of years. Both teams figure to be top-20 teams heading into next season.
Jay Wright’s Wildcats finished 33-3 (16-2 in the Big East) last season, but had a disappointing loss to N.C. State in the Round of 32 as a No.1 seed. Villanova loses Darrun Hilliard II, JayVaughn Pinkston and Dylan Ennis, but does return Ryan Arcidiacono, Josh Hart and Daniel Ochefu while also welcoming in McDonald’s All-American Jalen Brunson.
Tony Bennett’s Cavs also had a tremendous run last season en route to finishing 30-4 (16-2 in the ACC) and earning a No.2 seed. But just like Villanova, Virginia ended their season on a sour note, losing to Michigan State in the Round of 32 as well. The Cavs lose Justin Anderson and Darion Atkins, but return almost everyone else of significance, including Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill.