May 14, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference have agreed to play in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, a men's basketball inter-conference event that will begin during the 2013-14 season, officials from both leagues announced on Tuesday.
The Alabama men's basketball team will play the inaugural game in the event when it welcomes Texas Tech to Coleman Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 14.
"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. "We are pleased to be able to work with the Big 12 and ESPN to highlight the sport of men's basketball."
It will mark the second time in the two years that the Crimson Tide and Red Raiders will meet on the hardwood. Last season, Alabama captured a 66-62 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. All-conference guard Trevor Releford finished that contest with 17 points and a team-leading three steals in the win.
All 10 of the Big 12's teams and 10 of the SEC's 14 member institutions will participate in the annual event. Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee will not play in the first year. ESPN will provide exclusive 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):
Thursday, November 14 Texas Tech at Alabama
Monday, December 2 Vanderbilt at Texas
Auburn at Iowa State
Thursday, December 5 Ole Miss at Kansas State
West Virginia at Missouri
TCU at Mississippi State
Friday, December 6 South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas)
Tuesday, December 10 Kansas at Florida
Saturday, December 21 Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Houston, Texas)