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Utah Basketball: Utes to play Kansas Jayhawks next season

Published: Thursday, Aug. 27 2015 11:33 p.m. MDT

Kansas' Jamari Traylor, left, and Joel Embiid, right, block a shot by Colorado's George King during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (Brennan Linsley, AP) Kansas' Jamari Traylor, left, and Joel Embiid, right, block a shot by Colorado's George King during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boulder, Colo., Saturday Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (Brennan Linsley, AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's nonconference basketball schedule in 2014-15 got a lot more difficult with an announcement on Wednesday. The Utes will take on Kansas at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 13, 2014.

“We’re excited about it,” Utah athletics director Chris Hill said of the neutral site game. “It’s something that I think our program is ready to do as we continue to make progress.”

Utah and Kansas have played only once before. The No. 2 Jayhawks defeated the No. 8 Utes 79-68 in the 1995-96 season opener at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena. Keith Van Horn led the Utes with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Next year’s meeting was met with enthusiasm by the players.

“It just shows that our program is building,” said sophomore Jordan Loveridge. “We can play teams like that now. So it’s just good for the program.”

Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) as the University of Utah defeats St. Martins 91-54 in a men's basketball pre-season game Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) as the University of Utah defeats St. Martins 91-54 in a men's basketball pre-season game Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

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