RELEASE FROM VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
The defending regular season champions of the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences are set to meet in 2015-16 as part of a two-year agreement between the University of Virginia and Villanova announced today.
The Wildcats, who established a new school record with 33 victories in 2014-15 while claiming the BIG EAST regular season and Tournament titles, will visit John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville to meet the Cavaliers on Dec. 19, 2015. Virginia tied a school record with its 30 victories in 2014-15 en route to its second straight ACC regular season championship.
Virginia will then return the game with a visit to Philadelphia in 2016-17.
“We’re really excited to play an outstanding program with a great coach in Tony Bennett,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “We compete as an academic institution with Virginia and we have so much respect for the basketball program and its tradition of success. This is a great series for Villanova and we’re really looking forward to it.”
“We are excited to announce a two-game series with Villanova,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. “Villanova has a storied history and has been one of the premier basketball programs over the past few seasons. I have a lot of respect for coach Jay Wright and his program, and we look forward to a couple of highly-competitive non-conference games.”
The Cavaliers and Wildcats have met six times previously, with Virginia holding a 4-2 advantage. The most recent meeting between the schools came in the 2004 National Invitation Tournament at the Pavilion with the Wildcats posting a 73-63 victory.