Two former Big 12 rivals will meet on the hardwood for the first time since conference realignment shook up that league five years ago.
Nebraska and Kansas announced Tuesday a home-and-home hoops series that will see the Huskers visit Lawrence in December and play hosts to the Jayhawks in December of 2017.
“We are excited to revive a classic Big 12 matchup between Nebraska basketball and Kansas,” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said in the announcement. “I believe this will be a very exciting event for our fans and student-athletes alike. This is something we look forward to as we continue and try and build as strong a schedule as possible to put us in a great position for Big Ten and postseason play.”
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These two teams first squared off in 1900 but have not played since Nebraska's final season in the Big 12 in 2011. In fact, this will be the first regular-season game between the Huskers and a Big 12 team since they left to join the Big Ten in the summer of 2011. Similarly, the Nebraska football team hasn't played a Big 12 team since leaving that conference.
Nebraska and Kansas have played a whopping 241 times since that first meeting at the turn of the 19th century. Unsurprisingly, the historically elite Jayhawks have a massive lead in the all-time series, 170-71. The Huskers won most recently in 2004 — their only win in the series this century — and have won just three times in the last 20 years.