The Big 12 and SEC have announced the first Big 12-SEC challenge. Unfortunately, no Texas-Texas A&M matchup or Missouri-Kansas game. The Texas Longhorns will play Vanderbilt instead on December 2nd, 2013. Here is the full press release from Big12Sports.com:
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced an annual men’s basketball challenge that will begin during the 2013-14 season.
“The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “It will add more quality opponents to our schools’ annually strong non-conference schedules and provide an additional avenue to showcase some outstanding intersectional matchups.”
The majority of the games are scheduled for December 2-6, with three taking place outside the four-day series window due to scheduling issues. In future years, the two conferences will work with ESPN to schedule all games across consecutive days. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games on it networks. Additional components of the challenge, including start times and television broadcast information, will be announced at a later date.
The Challenge includes five teams ranked in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Florida, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 19 Baylor. Two games will pit ranked teams against each other: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 19 Baylor and No. 5 Kansas at No. 7 Florida.
This will be the first challenge for Big 12 men’s basketball since a four-year series between the Conference and the Pac-10 from 2007-10. The Big 12 held a 28-20 advantage in games played in that event.
2013 BIG 12 / SEC CHALLENGE
Thursday, November 14
Texas Tech at Alabama
Monday, December 2
Vanderbilt at Texas
Auburn at Iowa State
Thursday, December 5
Mississippi at Kansas State
West Virginia at Missouri
TCU at Mississippi State
Friday, December 6
Baylor vs. Kentucky [Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas]
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Tuesday, December 10
Kansas at Florida
Saturday, December 21
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M [Toyota Center, Houston, Texas]
I think this is a great partnership to have but the Pac-10/Big 12 one I thought would be very good but ended up failing because of the lack of coverage. We’ll have to see how long this one lasts.