The Kansas Jayhawk basketball program announced that they will begin a four year home in home series with the Georgetown Hoyas beginning with the 2013-2014 college basketball season.
The series will kick off on December 21, 2013 in Allen Fieldhouse when the Hoyas travel to Lawrence and the Jayhawks will return the favor in 2014 with the series alternating the following two years as well.
Kansas and Georgetown have met two times in men's basketball with each claiming a victory. Last season the then-No. 12 Jayhawks defeated Georgetown 67-63 in the quarterfinals of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. KU's Thomas Robinson led the Jayhawks with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyshawn Taylor scored 16 points. Georgetown was led by Jason Clark who scored 15 points, while Hoya Hollis Thompson had 14 points. Georgetown won the previous meeting 70-57 in the semifinal of the 1987 NCAA Southeast Regional played in Louisville, Ky. Danny Manning paced the Jayhawks that day with 23 points, including 19 in the first half. Georgetown's Reggie Williams led all scorers with 34 points.
Kansas has done well recruiting in the Northeast and the series presents an opportunity for further exposure in a key market for Kansas. It also represents a continued trend of scheduling solid non conference opponents to test the Jayhawks early in the season, a strategy that has helped the Jayhawks when it comes to tournament selection and seeding. As a fan, it's hard not to like moves like this and the opportunity to see Kansas playing a marquee opponent in a game that will receive national attention.