College basketball is still more than a few months away from returning, but this afternoon we got a big scheduling announcement. Just about an hour ago, the showdowns for this year’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge were revealed.
Not every program from the SEC will participate in the challenge due to the unequal number of teams. However, it shouldn’t affect the overall product this season.
This leaves fans with 10 games to watch during this SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Out of all the matchups on display, the most intriguing might be between Kentucky and Texas Tech.
Another matchup worth tuning in for will be Tennessee facing Kansas on the road at Allen Fieldhouse. Both teams should be impressive next season, and the Jayhawks are expected to be national title contenders.
While most of the attention will be geared around Kansas and Kentucky, the rest of the challenge features a handful of prominent games.
Jon Rothstein released all the matchups on Twitter.
Sources: Matchups for next season's SEC/Big 12 Challenge are set.
Kentucky at Texas Tech
Tennessee at Kansas
Baylor at Florida
Mississippi St at Oklahoma
Missouri at West Virginia
Oklahoma St at Texas A&M
LSU at Texas
Iowa St at Auburn
Kansas St at Alabama
TCU at Arkansas
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 23, 2019
Even though the Big 12 is usually more consistent in college hoops, the SEC is on the rise. Programs like Auburn, Florida and LSU have shown serious signs of improvement in recent years.
It should be an entertaining SEC/Big 12 Challenge for college basketball fans everywhere.
Which matchup do you think is the best on the schedule?