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Bruins-Horns Headline Pac-10/Big-12 Hoops Series

Pretty cool news on hoops scheduling front. Pac-10 and Big-12 just announced men's basketball series starting next season. Here is the official release:

The Big 12 and Pacific-10 Conferences have announced an agreement to play a four-year men's basketball series of 12 annual games between the two leagues, starting with the 2007-08 season.

"This series of games with the Pac-10 will showcase some of the best college basketball in the country," Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said. "Our two conferences annually produce highly rated teams and multiple NCAA Tournament teams. This series will provide quality match-ups that will help to build the strength of our teams' non-conference schedules. We are excited to have the opportunity to do this with the Pac-10 in a way that allows all of our teams to participate."

The series will continue in 2008, with games slated for December 4-7. The contests scheduled will be return games of the matchups from 2007, but may not be scheduled for the same day of the week. The games in the series in 2009 will be played December 3-6, 2009, while matchups in 2010 will be played December 2-5, 2010.

"We are pleased to make this scheduling arrangement with the Big 12 Conference and its members," Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen noted. "It will enable both conferences to provide exciting, high-level basketball competition. The games will spotlight college basketball in early December and will be excellent programming for our television partners. I commend the coaches of the two conferences for embracing the competition which will enhance the power ratings of all participants."
The marquee game for next December?

Texas at UCLA on Sunday, December 2, 2007.

Horns should have a great team next year even though they will surely lose freshman sensation Kevin Durant at the end of this season. However, all of their top players are either frosh. or sophomores. So even without Durant you can bet Kevin Love and co. are going to take on a pretty solid, ranked Horns team when they come into Pauley.

This should be a lot of fun. It will make it easier to tune out Jay Bilas and rest of ESPN assclowns going on and on about ACC/Big-10 challenge early in the hoops season.