SEC/Big 12 Challenge announced
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Texas will hit the road to face Kentucky, a matchup that leads the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in its second year, Myron Medcalf writes. Story
The pairings were announced Wednesday afternoon. The 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge will air on the ESPN family of networks from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6.
2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge
The matchups for the second annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge, which will be played from Dec. 3-6 (on ESPN networks):
|• Auburn at Texas Tech|
|• Arkansas at Iowa State|
|• Baylor at Vanderbilt|
|• LSU at West Virginia|
|• TCU at Ole Miss|
|• Florida at Kansas|
|• Missouri at Oklahoma|
|• Texas at Kentucky|
|• Kansas State at Tennessee|
|• Oklahoma St. at S. Carolina|
Myles Turner, the No. 2 prospect in the 2014 class per RecruitingNation, will lead a strong Texas squad against a Kentucky team that boasts the most talented frontcourt in the country. The Wildcats could enter the 2014-15 season as the No. 1 team, but the Longhorns shouldn't be too far behind them.
That same evening, a reloaded Kansas squad will try to avenge last season's loss to Florida in Gainesville. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 of ESPN.com's Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2014-15.
New Auburn coach Bruce Pearl will lead the Tigers in a matchup against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 3. The next night will feature four games, as Arkansas will travel to face Iowa State -- a team that recently added former UNLV star Bryce Dejean-Jones -- as well as Vanderbilt hosting Baylor, LSU at West Virginia and TCU at Ole Miss.
The event will also conclude on Dec. 6 with Big 12 player of the year contender Marcus Foster and Kansas State traveling to Knoxville to play Tennessee, which will be led by new coach Donnie Tyndall. Oklahoma State will face South Carolina on the road, too.
Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M will not participate.
The Big 12 won the inaugural SEC/Big 12 Challenge last season by a 7-3 margin.