For those who don’t know, the Big 12/SEC Challenge is an annual college basketball event taking place between the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12. The conferences along with the athletic directors from the schools will create ten matchups between a Big 12 team and an SEC team.
One of the greatest things about the event is that it isn’t played at neutral sites. You do not have to travel to New York or the Bahamas, two popular locations where some early season tournaments are held. The Volunteers have been a team that’s regularly participated in the challenge, only missing out of the 2013-14 season which was the year it was created.
Taking a quick look at the Vols and how they’ve fared in the event, they’ve done well. In Tennessee’s first year, Donnie Tyndall’s squad beat Bruce Weber and Kansas State in Knoxville, 65-64. The Vols went to TCU in 2015, Rick Barnes’s first year at the helm, and lost 75-63. Tennessee has won its last two outings vs the Big 12, 70-58 in 2017 at home and 68-45 this past season at Iowa State. This has led to a record of 3-1, but the SEC as a whole has seen better days. Going into the sixth year of the challenge, the Big 12 has won the challenge four times with the SEC winning last year 6-4.
Although the times have not yet been set they probably will be as the season gets closer. Here are the 10 games with their locations:
- Alabama @ Baylor, Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
- Arkansas @ Texas Tech, United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
- Florida @ TCU, Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
- Texas @ Georgia, Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
- Kansas @ Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
- Iowa State @ Ole Miss, The Pavilion, Oxford, Mississippi
- South Carolina @ Oklahoma State, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma
- West Virginia @ Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Kansas State @ Texas A&M, Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
- Vanderbilt @ Oklahoma, Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma
Written by: Jake Wallman
Edited by: Colin Castleberry