The Wildcats are still in the middle of the 2016-17 season, but they’re already making future plans.
Another piece of next season’s schedule is finalized, and it has become public that it is going include the start of a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut–an old Big East rival, per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Before it moved to the American conference, UConn was a part of the founding institutions of the original Big East. Villanova and UConn officially became Big East rivals in 1980, upon Villanova’s entry in to the conference.
However, their history goes beyond the Big East, as the two teams met for the first time on Jan. 31, 1941. Villanova won that first game 40-35.
Since then, the two teams have clashed many times with Villanova ahead in the all-time series, 33-31.
They haven’t released who will host first, or how exactly the series will go, but it promises to be an exciting event.
The last time the two met was in the NCAA tournament in 2014 in the Round of 32, when 7-seeded UConn upset 2-seed Villanova. The Huskies won, 77-65, rallying behind 25-point performance from Shabazz Napier in a journey that ended in a national title.
It was one of the string of losses that made Villanova the butt of many early exit jokes over the past couple years, and something that the ‘Cats were finally able to put behind them on April fourth last spring.
The logistics behind the home-and-home series have not yet been released. Whether it starts in Storrs, Conn. or the Main Line, we’ll be watching.