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Rebels Travel To Texas To Face Longhorns In Big 12/SEC Challenge

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Ole Miss will travel to Austin, Texas this season to face the Texas Longhorns in the fifth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The annual battle will feature 10 games played on January 27, 2018, in a matchup of two premier college basketball conferences. All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in this year’s event. Each of the 10 SEC teams that participate in the 2018 Challenge will be a part of the 2019 event.

The Rebels and the Horns have met 14 times on the hardwood with UT holding a slight 8-6 advantage in the series. The last meeting came in 1976 — a 67-65 Texas victory in Austin. The Longhorns have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 17 of the last 18 years.

Eleven participating teams earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2017 with six of the teams advancing to at least the Sweet 16. Additionally, 24 of the ESPN.com Top 100 recruits have signed with SEC schools and nine schools have top 40 recruiting classes.

This will be the third year that a bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate the single-day format. The four SEC teams not participating will play each other in conference games the same day. The first two years of the challenge were played over several days in November and December but the 2018 event will be consolidated to one single day in January.

Four of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. 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.

Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.

2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge (January 27, 2018)

Oklahoma at Alabama

Georgia at Kansas State

Baylor at Florida

Texas Tech at South Carolina

TCU at Vanderbilt

Oklahoma State at Arkansas

Kentucky at West Virginia

Ole Miss at Texas

Tennessee at Iowa State

Texas A&M at Kansas

 


Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports
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