Kansas and Arizona to Tangle in Inaugural Big 12-Pac 10 Series

Jan. 11, 2007


The University of Kansas men’s basketball team will square off with the University of Arizona on Nov. 25, 2007, in the inaugural Big 12-Pac 10 Men’s Basketball Series, the Big 12 and Pac 10 Conferences announced Thursday. The series will run over four years and feature 12 annual games 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. 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 matchups will occur around the end of November and early December in the next four seasons. Additional components of the series, including the name of the event, television and sponsorship will be announced at a later date.

The Jayhawks and the Wildcats have a storied history that has featured several thrilling games in recent history. The Wildcats defeated the No. 1 Jayhawks in the Elite Eight of the 1997 NCAA Tournament en route to winning the national championship. Kansas later returned the favor, defeating Arizona in the Elite Eight in 2003 on their way to a national runner-up finish. The teams most recently met at the 2005 Maui Invitational, where Arizona defeated Kansas, 61-49. The site for the game will be determined by university officials.

The rest of the matchups for the 2007-08 season are as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007
Oregon at Kansas State
Oklahoma at USC
Friday, Nov. 30, 2007
Washington State at Baylor
Iowa State at Oregon State
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007
Washington at Oklahoma State
Missouri at California
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007
Arizona State at Nebraska
Stanford at Colorado
Texas at UCLA
Texas A&M at Arizona
Outside the 10-game series window
Arizona at Kansas (Sun., Nov. 25, 2007)
Stanford vs. Texas Tech (Sat., Dec. 22, 2007)
[Neutral Site To Be Determined]

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