The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced the matchups for the 2015-16 Big 12 / SEC Challenge Presented By Sonic.
“The Big 12 is proud to once again take part in the Challenge,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Our teams have had unprecedented success on the basketball court over the last two seasons and we are excited to provide the fans more quality opponents on the schedules.”
For the first time, all games in the Challenge will be played in one day - Saturday, January 30, 2016. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise every game of the third annual event matching every Big 12 squad with 10 members from the Southeastern Conference. Each league will host five games. In addition, ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will originate from a to be determined site of one of the day’s games.
The Big 12 is 13-7 (.650) in the Challenge, having won the series in each of its first two seasons. The Big 12 has posted a 41-27 (.603) record in the last two conference challenge series it has played (vs. Pac-10, SEC) dating back to 2007.
The Challenge has eight teams ranked in the early ESPN.com top 25 rankings overall, including five Big 12 teams - No. 1 Kentucky, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 6 Kansas, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 17 Baylor, No. 19 LSU, No. 23 Texas and No. 24 Texas A&M. Three games will pit ranked squads against each other - Kentucky at Kansas, Iowa State at Texas A&M and Oklahoma at LSU.
2016 Big 12 / SEC Challenge - Saturday, January 30
Georgia at Baylor
- First meeting between the schools
Kentucky at Kansas
- Jayhawks have won the last three meetings in Lawrence
Mississippi at Kansas State
- K-State won last game between the teams in 2013
Tennessee at TCU
- Frogs won only series meeting, 73-59, in 1991
Vanderbilt at Texas
- Longhorns topped VU, 70-64, in 2013-14
Iowa State at Texas A&M
- ISU has won the last two meetings
Oklahoma at LSU
- Teams have split their previous four matchups
Oklahoma State at Auburn
- OSU won last meeting, played in 2006
Texas Tech at Arkansas
- 96th meeting between the schools, first since 2006
West Virginia at Florida
- Bob Huggins will face Gators for first time