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UNLV basketball schedules home-and-home series with Kansas

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Head Coach Dave Rice talks with reporters during the first UNLV basketball practice of the season at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

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The UNLV basketball team will play a home-and-home series with Kansas starting in the 2014-15 season, the schools announced today.

The Rebels will travel to Kansas next season and host the Jayhawks during the 2016-17 campaign.

“We are very excited to start this series with Kansas,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said in a statement. “Kansas has one of the most successful, storied programs in college basketball history. Adding the Jayhawks to our schedule is consistent with our philosophy of playing a very competitive nonconference schedule.”

UNLV last played Kansas during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, losing 75-56 to the eventual national champions.

The nonconference schedule this season is highlighted by a game Dec. 7 at Arizona. Other games of note are Nov. 19 against Arizona State and Nov. 26 against Illinois, both at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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