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New Mexico Basketball: Lobos schedule home-and-home series with Arizona in 2016, 2017

The former conference rivals will start a two game series in 2016

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It was announced on Monday that the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico will renew their rivalry by playing a home-and-home series starting with a game at the McKale Center in Arizona on December 17, 2016. The second of the two-game series will be played on December 16, 2017.

The two longtime rivals have not played since the No. 3 Wildcats where upset by the unraked Lobos on Dec. 21, 1999, 70-68, on a controversial ending at the time of the loss the Wildcats has the nation's fourth longest home court winning streak. That win was the third in four games for the Lobos. After the two teams previous game on Jan. 16,1999  then-Arizona coach Lute Olson said hw would not renew the rivalry and he would never play the Lobos again.

The two teams have played a total of 125 times with the Wildcats holding an 83-42 lead. The first game between the times was played in 1917, both teams where members of the Border Conference from 1931-51 and the Western Athletic Conference from 1962-78. The renewed rivalry brings adds a high profile opportunity in an area where the Lobos recruit.

Incoming freshman Dane Kuiper played his basketball for Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona. The series might also have other intrigue as former Lobo commit Mitch Lightfoot has been offered a scholarship form the Wildcats and is strongly considering them or the University of Kansas.