Men's Hoops To Play Baylor Dec. 3 In Tempe As Part Of Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series

April 28, 2009

Click here recap of Nov. 28, 2008, game between Baylor and Arizona State at the Anaheim Classic

The men's basketball team will meet Baylor (24-15 in 2008-2009) in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series on Thursday, Dec. 3, in Tempe. ASU fell to Baylor 87-78 in the Anaheim Classic on Nov. 28 this past season. The 2009 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series will be in its third year after starting competition during the 2007-08 season.

ASU is 2-2 vs. Baylor but the squads had not met since Nov. 26, 1988, an ASU 89-73 win in Richmond, prior to last year's meeting in Anaheim. Baylor advanced to the NIT Championship this season before falling to Penn State. The Bears posted wins over Providence, at Washington State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Kansas and Texas last year.

ASU split with Nebraska in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood series the past two seasons, with ASU winning in Tempe last year and Nebraska winning in Lincoln in 2007-2008.

The majority of the games in this year's series are scheduled for December 3-6, with three taking place outside the four-day 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.

2009 BIG 12 / PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES
Sunday, November 29
Nebraska at USC

Thursday, December 3
Washington at Texas Tech
USC at Texas
Baylor at Arizona State

Friday, December 4
Colorado at Oregon State

Saturday, December 5
Oregon at Missouri
Iowa State at California
Washington State at Kansas State

Sunday, December 6
Kansas at UCLA
Arizona at Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 16
Oklahoma State at Stanford

Tuesday, December 22
Texas A&M at Washington

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