LAST SEASON, Villanova and Virginia were two of the best basketball teams in the country. Now the defending Big East champion and reigning ACC regular-season champ - who both figure to start next season ranked among the top teams - have reached a two-year agreement to play each other.

The first meeting will be Dec. 19 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers will visit Philadelphia in 2016-17, mostly likely playing at the Wells Fargo Center.

UVA tied a program record with 30 wins in 2014-15. The Wildcats' 33 wins set the program record for the second straight season. They will need to replace three starters, including leading scorer Darrun Hilliard, but return Big East Co-Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono and conference Sixth Man of the Year Josh Hart.

"This is a great series for Villanova, and we're really looking forward to it," said coach Jay Wright, who also welcomes Jalen Brunson, considered by many to be the country's top point guard prospect. "We compete as an academic institution with Virginia, and we have so much respect for the basketball program and its tradition of success."

This will be the teams' seventh meeting, but the first since the 2004 NIT at the Pavilion.