Basketball: Opponents set for Tide, Tigers in SEC/Big 12 Challenge
by Star staff
Alabama will host Texas Tech, and Auburn will visit Iowa State in the Southeastern Conference/Big 12 basketball challenge next season.

The Crimson Tide will play in the inaugural game when it hosts Texas Tech at Coleman Coliseum on Nov. 14. Auburn will play at Iowa State on Dec. 2.

“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release. “We are pleased to be able to work with the Big 12 and ESPN to highlight the sport of men’s basketball.”

All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 schools will participate in the annual event. Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee will not play in the first year. ESPN will provide coverage of all 10 games across it networks.

Eight of the 10 games in the 2013 event will be played at home sites (each conference has four home games) and two matchups will be at neutral sites.

The inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge (the event title will rotate to SEC/Big 12 Challenge in 2014) is a combination of existing games already scheduled along with new matchups created for this event during November and December. The two conferences and ESPN will work to schedule matchups over consecutive days in future events.

2013 SEC/Big 12 Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):

Nov. 14: Texas Tech at Alabama

Dec. 2: Vanderbilt at Texas

Dec. 2: Auburn at Iowa State

Dec. 5: Ole Miss at Kansas State

Dec. 5: West Virginia at Missouri

Dec. 5: TCU at Mississippi State

Dec. 6: South Carolina at Oklahoma State

Dec. 6: Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas)

Dec. 10: Kansas at Florida

Dec. 21: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Houston, Texas)

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