April 27, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The reigning Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball champion Washington Huskies will play two games next season in the third year of the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Washington will travel to Lubbock, Texas on Thursday, Dec. 3 to face Coach Pat Knight's Texas Tech squad at United Spirit Arena. On Tuesday, Dec. 22 the Huskies will host Texas A&M at Bank of America Arena.
Texas A&M, like Washington, advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Aggies finished 24-10 and tied for fourth in the Big 12 with a 9-7 mark. Some college basketball experts are predicting a preseason top-25 ranking for Coach Mark Turgeon's Aggies.
A&M has won three of the four meetings against Washington, dating back to the first head-to-head contest - a 62-40 UW victory in the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. The last meeting resulted in a 77-63 victory for 16th-ranked Texas A&M in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Texas Tech finished last season with a 14-19 record and a 3-13 mark for 11th-place in the Big 12. The Red Raiders finished fourth in the league in scoring with a 77.7 per game average.
The Huskies own a 5-2 series edge over Texas Tech, dating back to the first meeting between the two schools that took place in Lubbock during the 1961 season. Washington has won the last three head-to-head contests between the two schools and two of the last four meetings required double-overtime to decide the winner.
The majority of the games of the Hardwood Series are scheduled for December 3-6, with three taking place outside the four-day series window. The matchups are new for 2009, after two straight campaigns of the same home-and-away meetings. In 2010, the contests will be return games from this year and take place from December 2-5.
Last season, the two leagues split the Hardwood Series outings, 6-6. In all games played between the two conferences during 2008-09, the Big 12 held a 10-7 edge. The Pac-10 holds a 13-11 advantage in the first two years of the Hardwood Series. A season ago, the 12 contests averaged more than 10,000 fans and in two years games from the event have seen 244,029 fans go through the turnstiles.
Additional components of the series, including the start times and television broadcast information will be announced at a later date.