- Myron Medcalf, College Basketball Reporter
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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.
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.
College basketball can look forward to a pair of mega-matchups in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 5, with Texas traveling to face Kentucky and Florida on the road at Kansas.