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UNI coach Ben Jacobson talks about the Panthers' 76-65 loss to Iowa State in the Hy-Vee Classic. Dargan Southard/The Register

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More than two weeks have passed since it was announced the Hy-Vee Classic would end after 2018, but the news is still reverberating through various basketball communities.

Thursday, it was Doug Elgin’s turn to weigh in.

The Missouri Valley Conference commissioner — who has two schools, in Northern Iowa and Drake, affected by the decision to shut down the neutral site event that pits Iowa’s four Division I schools against each other — didn't hold back:

"It made me sick, quite honestly," Elgin said on Thursday’s MVC basketball teleconference. “I had heard rumors when I was out there for the event that this was likely to happen. I just think it speaks poorly to the way in which programs make decisions to end rivalries.”

Iowa announced on June 14 that it was pulling out of the Hy-Vee Classic, citing an increase in Big Ten games among the reasons. The event, which began in 2012, will end with the Dec. 15 edition at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Hawkeyes will face UNI, while Iowa State will battle Drake.

UNI coach Ben Jacobson and Drake coach Darian DeVries weren’t as emphatic as Elgin, but both expressed disappointment in the event’s closure.

“We’ve got a unique deal with four Division I schools, so it’s disappointing that we’ve reached this point where we do not see each other and get together on one day so our entire state can enjoy it,” Jacobson said. “It’s just a tough deal for basketball in our state."

Added DeVries: "We had such a good, unique thing for basketball in the state of Iowa and basketball fans and basketball players and coaches and all those sort of things," he said. "When you remove that, you remove a little piece of what draws everybody to college basketball in the state. We’ll certainly miss that component of it. I think our fans are the ones that get cheated the most by that coming to an end.

"… You’d love to have a scenario where you can play home-and-homes like we used to have it — or a neutral site game once a year or whatever. We’ll just have to see where Iowa and Iowa State want to take it, moving forward."

The early indication is nowhere.

Iowa doesn’t have Drake or UNI on its 2019-20 nonconference schedule, and Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement that future in-state matchups against the Valley schools “will most likely depend on each of their institution’s willingness to play games in Hilton Coliseum.”

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Among many reasons, Elgin viewed the Hy-Vee Classic’s end as yet another roadblock in mid-major schools’ attempt to build an at-large worthy nonconference schedule.

Even after doing away with the old home-and-home model that existed for decades, the Hy-Vee Classic often provided Drake and UNI a solid opportunity to pick up a quality neutral-floor win.

You saw that in 2015, when the Panthers toppled then-No. 5 Iowa State. And again in 2014, when the UNI knocked off an eventual-NCAA Tournament Hawkeye squad.

"It’s just unfortunate that Iowa seemed different in the way that they handled that event and the ability for Division I schools to play on a neutral court," Elgin said. "Now, they’re like the other states — most of the other states — that really don’t have any intrastate rivalries that are played between power five schools and the rest of Division I."

Like many who have commented on the decision, Elgin said the ultimate losers are the basketball fans in Iowa.

“I think the losers in this,” Elgin said, “are the citizens of Iowa — the taxpayers — those who like to see the kids who played against one another in high school, in many instances, meet on the floor in Des Moines."

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for The Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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