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Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series Preview: Why Is This The Last Year?

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In the final year of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, the Big 12 is looking to continue the domination of last year's 9-3 series win, and looking to extend their win total during the three years of the competition which they lead 20-16.

The series officially kicked off on Saturday when Nebraska scraped by USC 60-58 in Lincoln, NE and continues tonight, with nine of the 12 games taking place over the next four days.

It is a shame that the Pac-12, nee Pac-10, discontinued the series, as it gives all teams an early season big conference opponent to base their needs for improvement off of. It also gives fans of the two conferences bragging rights and a way to measure their conference against another big time conference.

The format works for the Big 10 and ACC, so why not the Big 12 and Pa-10? I can't believe it is because of the Pac-10's current trend towards mediocrity, but maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe they would rather have conference schools schedule unknown directional universities to up their win totals instead of playing stiff competition and improving strength of schedule.

Whatever the reasoning behind the discontinuation of the series, I hope that the conferences witness how fun these games are and rethink their decision.

See a listing of all the games after The Jump.


Saturday, November 27

Nebraska Cornhuskers 60
USC Trojans 58

Thursday, December 2

Missouri Tigers at Oregon Ducks
UCLA Bruins at Kansas Jayhawks
Arizona St. Sun Devils at Baylor Bears

Friday, December 3

Kansas St. Wildcats at Washington St. Cougars

Saturday, December 4

Oregon St. Beavers at Colorado Buffaloes
California Bears at Iowa St. Cyclones
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Washington Huskies

Sunday, December 5

Texas Longhorns at USC Trojans
Oklahoma Sooners at Arizona Wildcats

Saturday, December 11

Washington Huskies at Texas A&M Aggies

Tuesday, December 21

Stanford Cardinal at Oklahoma St. Cowboys