LINCOLN — Nebraska and Kansas State are set to play three times over the next three seasons in three locations, The World-Herald confirmed Wednesday.
The first matchup will be in Kansas City at the Sprint Center during the 2020-21 season. The 2021-22 matchup will be in Lincoln, and the year after will be in Manhattan.
This is the first time the two teams have played since Nebraska left the Big 12 following the 2010-11 season. The last matchup was in Lincoln, when KSU won 61-57. The two teams have a lengthy history dating back to the days of the Big Eight.
After NU left the Big 12, Kansas State hired Bruce Weber. In eight seasons under Weber, K-State has shared a conference title twice and made five NCAA tournaments, including an Elite Eight run in 2017-18. The Wildcats were 11-21 last year, Weber’s first losing season since 2014-15.
NU coach Fred Hoiberg is familiar with Kansas State, too — as a player at Iowa State and its coach. He was 5-5 against the Wildcats as Cyclone coach from 2010 to 2015.
The game in Kansas City will be the first time Hoiberg’s coached in the Sprint Center since winning the Big 12 tournament in 2013 and 2014. Nebraska played in Kansas City in the final year of the Tim Miles era, beating Missouri State and losing to Final Four-bound Texas Tech.
The three-game series is the second time recently that the Huskers have played a former Big Eight foe. NU played at Kansas in 2016 and lost by 17, then hosted the Jayhawks the next year and lost 73-72.