Villanova-UConn is back.
As part of an agreement announced Thursday, the two teams will play each other once a season for the next three years.
The Wildcats will face the Huskies in at the XL Center in Hartford on Jan. 20, 2018. It will be the teams' first meeting since the 2014 NCAA Tournament, when UConn eliminated Villanova during its run to the National Championship.
The following season, they'll play Dec. 22, 2018 at Madison Square Garden. The series then comes to Philadelphia, as the Wildcats will host the Huskies at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 18, 2020.
“UConn and Villanova have enjoyed exciting games over a long history,” Wildcats head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “This series honors the great tradition of Villanova and Connecticut basketball.”
Villanova is 32-31 all-time against UConn and 31-28 record between 1981-2013, when both schools were members of the Big East. Connecticut then left the Big East for the American Athletic Conference.
“We have had so many memorable games against Villanova over the years, and Coach Wright obviously has one of the very best programs in the country," Huskies coach Kevin Ollie said. "I know our fans will be thrilled to see the Wildcats back on our schedule.”
Villanova is once again playing basketball in the Bahamas.
The Wildcats will play in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis. Villanova, the tournament champs back in 2013, will be joined in the eight-team tourney by Arizona, Purdue, NC State, Tennessee, SMU, Western Kentucky, and Northern Iowa.
Villanova will take on Western Kentucky in its first game on Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
The 12-game tournament will run during the Thanksgiving holiday, from Nov. 22-24.
Jay Wright's squad will also take on Gonzaga as part of the Jimmy V Classic in December at Madison Square Garden.
Villanova basketball has finalized its 2017-18 coaching staff, with three staffers assuming new roles.
George Halcovage, who has been with the team since 2008 and spent last season as the director of basketball operations, is now an Assistant Coach to Jay Wright. Halcovage assumes the role left open by Baker Dunleavy, who is now the head coach at Quinnipiac University.
“George is a longtime member of our staff who has been ready for this position for a long time,” Wright said. “We are excited about him taking the next step in his career at Villanova.”
Former Wildcats guard Mike Nardi will take Halcovage's spot as the director of basketball operations for the upcoming season. Nardi served as a video coordinator last season and was the director of player development during Villanova's championship run in 2015-16.
“It’s great to have a player of Mike’s caliber working his way up on our staff,” Wright said. “He is a talented coach with a bright future in our business.”
Finally, Mike Clark, who spent the past two seasons as a graduate manager is the program's new video coordinator.
“Mike has been in our program for six years and continues to impress everyone on our staff,” Wright stated. “Mike is extremely creative in his field of branding, marketing and video and we have already benefitted from his skill in those areas.”