Indiana vs. Kentucky and 6 Other Games We Wish We Could See in '12-13 but Won't
The Indiana vs. Kentucky rivalry is over.
The series between two of the most storied programs in college hoops has been discontinued because of a dispute over where the games in the future would be held.
In the past, the games have been played in both a home-and-home format as well as a neutral site set up.
This last year's Hoosiers vs Wildcats clash was an instant classic...Watch the full game!
This is not the only college basketball game that we would love to see but won't in the 2012-13 season.
Here are six more:
Stanford vs Harvard
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So, that would be the Harvard of the West and....Harvard, right?
This might just be no more than a novelty game: Two of the best academic schools in the country going at it on the hardwood.
But I would like to see this from a coaching matchup standpoint.
Johnny Dawkins is doing a good job at rebuilding the Cardinal program. He's a solid recruiter, and Stanford is baby-stepping its way back into relevance on the national scene.
The Cardinal won the 2012 NIT Championship.
Tommy Amaker has done magic at Harvard, helping the Crimson become a Top 25 program.
He got Harvard to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over 60 years (only other time in school history—1946).
Both of these coaches are former Duke point guards.
And both of these coaches could be considered as possible successors to Coach K whenever he retires.
Kansas vs Missouri
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The KU vs MU basketball rivalry may be one of the most long-running matchups in college hoops...or should I say WAS!
After playing 267 times (the Jayhawks hold the series edge 172-95), Kansas and Missouri won't play each other starting in 2012-13.
In the 2011-12 season, the final year of the rivalry, both teams won at home with remarkable come-from-behind wins.
Missouri overcame a late eight point deficit with less than three minutes to go in the game in Columbia.
The Jayhawks returned the favor by coming back from a 19-point second half deficit to force overtime in Lawrence.
In both games, Kansas and Missouri were ranked in the Top 10.
Texas vs. Texas A&M
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Here is another conference realignment casualty.
With the Aggies leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, Texas A&M and Texas have discontinued their series.
They could still play each other, but they have decided to go their separate ways.
Yes, I know that it is a bigger deal, in many ways, for the Longhorns and the Aggies to not go head-to-head on the gridiron.
But, regardless of what sport, these two teams hate each other, and when they play, it's always worth watching.
VCU vs Florida
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Most coaches don't seem to like to schedule their former assistant coaches when they get their own gig.
Don't want to embarrass their former staff member or...be embarrassed by their former staff member?
Either way, seeing the pupil go up against the teacher would be fun in this case.
Shaka Smart's (pictured) gritty VCU Rams going up against Billy Donovan's ready-to-run Gators would be must-see TV.
This next season, both programs will be talented, and this would be the perfect time for these two to slug it out.
Ohio State vs. Cincinnati
Ohio State and Cincinnati met in back-to-back NCAA finals in the early 1960s.
Fifty years later, the Buckeyes and Bearcats do not face each other on an annual basis.
What's that about?
Is OSU still bitter that Cincy beat them back in the Big O days? If so, that's childish.
"I don't know if I can give you a great answer exactly why we don't play," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said of Ohio State and Cincinnati via ESPN.com.
These two teams did meet in this year's NCAA tournament with OSU winning handily, 81-66.
Hopefully, it will not be another decade or two before they line up again.
UCLA vs Kentucky
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Take your pick on why this would be a great game to see:
- Two of the storied programs in college hoops going at it
- Almost 100 combined NCAA Appearances
- The schools with the Top Two recruiting classes
There may be a laundry list of other reasons, but this game should be played...every year...on campus.
Not in some neutral site venue that would dampen the enthusiasm of both sides' rabid fans.
Pauley Pavillion is opening up again. Wouldn't this be a fantastic first game for the 2012-13 season?
Somebody call ESPN and tell them to get on this.