Pairings Announced for SEC/Big 12 Challenge; WVU at Tennessee
As broken a couple of days ago by BlueGoldNews.com, the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge is taking West Virginia to Tennessee.
In all, six new matchups will be featured in the this coming season’s edition of the men’s basketball SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The sixth annual event will consist of 10 games played on Saturday, Jan. 26, as every Big 12 member faces 10 squads from the Southeastern Conference. Only four of the games will feature pairings from previous challenges.
Half of the contests will showcase matchups in which both participants competed in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship while nine will feature at least one team that advanced to a postseason tournament.
This will mark the fourth consecutive year for all matchups to be played in one day. ESPN, EPSN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the contests with ESPN’s College GameDay originating from one of the sites.
Big 12 teams are 29-21 (.580) in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. In the first four years of the event, the Challenge trophy remained in the Big 12 office. The Big 12 won it the first three seasons and the leagues split the 10 games in 2017 (in case of a tie, the trophy stays with the conference that won it the previous season). The SEC won the fifth season of the Challenge.
2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge – Saturday, Jan. 26
(Number in parenthesis is Big 12 team record in the Challenge)
Alabama at Baylor (4-1) – BU and Alabama will face each other for the eighth time, and first since 2009.
Iowa State (2-3) at Ole Miss – Teams have met twice previously at neutral sites, splitting the games.
Kansas (4-1) at Kentucky – KU has won six of its nine contests against Kentucky in the Bill Self era, including two previous Challenge matchups in 2016 and 2017.
Kansas State (3-2) at Texas A&M – K-State holds an 18-8 advantage in the all-time series.
Vanderbilt at Oklahoma (3-2) – VU holds a 2-0 advantage in previous meetings.
South Carolina at Oklahoma State (3-2) – The teams split their previous two Challenge games with each team winning at home.
Florida at TCU (3-2) – Florida has won the previous two matchups, with the last in 1986.
Texas (3-2) at Georgia – UT suffered a two-point defeat at Georgia in the 2017 Challenge.
Arkansas at Texas Tech (3-2) – Tech has won its last two Challenge games. Series record is tied at 39-39.
West Virginia (1-4) at Tennessee – WVU holds a 5-3 series advantage.