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ASU and GCU to play basketball home-and-home series starting at GCU in 2020

It will be the first time the two schools have played each other with both schools in Division 1 and it's the first official meeting in 40 years.
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Grand Canyon fans before an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX — It's finally happening. Arizona State and Grand Canyon University will square-off in a home-and-home series in men's basketball beginning this year.

The first game will take place at GCU Arena on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. 

The Lopes will play ASU at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe in the 2021-22 season.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to play a series with Arizona State," first-year Lopes head coach Bryce Drew said in a release. "(ASU head coach) Bobby Hurley has built one of the better programs in the country, and this will be a series that the Phoenix area will be very excited for." 

It'll be the first time the two schools have played each other with both schools in Division 1 and it's the first official meeting in 40 years. The two schools did play an exhibition game in 2011.

Grand Canyon is coming off a 13-17 and an offseason that saw the firing of head coach Dan Majerle. Majerle is now suing the school, claiming he was fired without cause or justification.

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"We look forward to starting a series at Grand Canyon this season," Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley said in a release. "Bryce Drew and his family are well-known in the college basketball world and as we welcome them to the Valley, it made sense to have an efficient home-and-home with his program." 

Hurley's Sun Devils went 20-11 and were expected to make their third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA canceled the remaining 2020 winter and spring sports on March 12.

Hurley also gained a commitment from 5-star shooting guard Josh Christopher this offseason, who became the highest rated recruit in Sun Devils history.

Ticket information for the games will be released at a later date.