North Carolina and Kansas announce future series clashes

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Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self

JULY 23 (-Field Level) — In the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons, college basketball powerhouses North Carolina and Kansas are set to face off in home-and-home games, according to an announcement.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to play in Lawrence, Kansas, on Nov. 8, 2024. This will mark North Carolina’s second visit to Kansas, the first one dating back to 1960.

Kansas is slated to make its inaugural visit to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Nov. 14, 2025. – Read more: North Carolina’s Puff Johnson to transfer

“These will be two exceptional games from programs with deeply intertwined histories,” Kansas coach Bill Self stated in a news release Monday. “Both Chapel Hill and Lawrence will host special days when these games take place, and I eagerly anticipate them.”

The two teams boast a combined total of 10 NCAA championships and 37 Final Four appearances.

The connections between the two programs are profound. Dean Smith, former North Carolina coach, was a member of the 1952 Kansas championship team, where he played under coaching legend Phog Allen.

Larry Brown, a former player for Smith at North Carolina, later coached at Kansas, guiding the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship.

Roy Williams, who coached Kansas from 1988-2003 and North Carolina from 2003-21, won three NCAA titles with the Tar Heels. He is the only coach to have won 400 games at two different schools, with 418 victories at Kansas and 485 at North Carolina.

The all-time record between the two teams is evenly split at 6-6, though Kansas has won the last four encounters. Their most recent game was the national 2022 title game, where the Jayhawks emerged victorious with a 72-69 win.

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