Ole Miss to Host Baylor in SEC/Big 12 Challenge
May 24, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss will host Big 12 foe Baylor next season, as the matchups for the Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic were announced Tuesday.

The Rebels will host the Bears, who have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen three times in the last seven seasons, Jan. 28 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The two teams have only one previous meeting, with Baylor winning a neutral-site affair in 1971.

The other matchups – which will again be staged on a common bye date of Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, during the conference schedule – are headlined by a potential top-10 matchup between No. 4 Kansas at No. 3 Kentucky. The fourth annual event matches all 10 of the Big 12 members against 10 of the 14 programs from the Southeastern Conference.  Each conference will host five games with the network assignments and tip times to be announced at a later date.

Seven of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2, one game on ESPN2 or ESPNU and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available via WatchESPN.

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.

Schedule highlights:

  • The same teams return from last year’s Challenge with only one rematch – Kentucky and Kansas, who played to a 90-84 overtime Jayhawk victory.
  • Georgia is appearing in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for the second time, while Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M are playing for the third time.
  • All of the Big 12 schools plus the SEC’s Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have participated in each of the last three Challenges.
  • Two potential top-25 matchups include No. 4 Kansas at No. 3 Kentucky and No. 19 Texas A&M at No. 15 West Virginia.
  • First-time Challenge matchups for Texas-Georgia, Baylor-Ole Miss, Texas A&M-West Virginia, Florida-Oklahoma, Iowa State-Vanderbilt, Arkansas-Oklahoma State, Auburn-TCU and LSU-Texas Tech.
  • Kansas State and Tennessee last met in the Challenge in 2014.
  • Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and South Carolina will again not be competing in this year’s Challenge.

 

 

Date: Sat, Jan. 28 

Matchups:

Texas at Georgia

Baylor at Ole Miss

No. 4 Kansas at No. 3 Kentucky

No. 19 Texas A&M at No. 15 West Virginia

Florida at No. 18 Oklahoma

No. 22 Iowa State at Vanderbilt

Kansas State at Tennessee

Arkansas at Oklahoma State

Auburn at TCU

LSU at Texas Tech

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