The networks and times for the men’s basketball 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic have been finalized, the two conferences and ESPN have announced.
For the third consecutive year, all 10 games in the Challenge are slated to be played on one day - Saturday, January 27. The two conferences will own the air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU for a minimum of eight consecutive hours, with matchups slated every two hours beginning at 11:00 am CT.
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season – will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date.
The Big 12 is 25-15 (.625) in the Challenge, having won the first three and recording a split last year. The Big 12 has posted a 53-35 (.602) record in the last two conference challenge series it has played (vs. Pac-10, SEC) dating back to 2007.
2018 Big 12/SEC CHALLENGE
Saturday, January 27
(all times Central)
Baylor at Florida (ESPN), 11 a.m.
Texas Tech at South Carolina (ESPN2), 11 a.m.
Mississippi at Texas (ESPN2), 1 p.m.
Georgia at Kansas State (ESPNU), 1 p.m.
Oklahoma at Alabama (ESPN), 1:15 p.m.
TCU at Vanderbilt (ESPN2), 3 p.m.
Tennessee at Iowa State (ESPNU), 3 p.m.
Texas A&M at Kansas (ESPN), 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Kentucky at West Virginia (ESPN), 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Arkansas (ESPN2), 5 p.m.