The success of the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference in football has made them big rivals in the competition between BCS conferences. As a result of an agreement between the two conferences to play an annual Challenge series in basketball, the competition between the Big 12 and the SEC is now extended to the hardwood.
The 10-game schedule for the Big 12/SEC Challenge in basketball is now set for the 2013-14 season.
Texas Tech and Alabama will tip off the Big 12/SEC Challenge for the coming season with an early-season game Nov. 14 in Tuscaloosa. On Monday, Dec. 3, Iowa State will host Auburn and Vanderbilt will visit Texas. That same week, on Thursday, Dec. 5, TCU will be at Mississippi State, Mississippi is at Kansas State and West Virginia will take on former Big 12 member Missouri, which has many asking: Why not pair Missouri with Kansas as a restaging of the Border Showdown, which ended when Missouri left the Big 12 and became a member of the SEC?
A Challenge series in basketball with the SEC is nice, but other than a potential matchup between Kansas and Kentucky or the Jayhawks and Missouri, it doesn’t have nearly the impact or gfan interest that such a series in football between the two leagues would have. A basketball Challenge series between the Big 12 and the Big Ten or perhaps with the Atlantic Coast Conference would be much more meaningful and challenging. Unfortunately, the current Challenge games that exist between the Big Ten and thye ACC preclude that possibility, at least for now.
All games of the Big 12/SEC basketball series will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.