There are no bigger names in college basketball history than the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats. Those two teams will be the featured matchup in the third season of the Big 12-SEC Basketball Challenge series.
Between them, thee two blue bloods of college basketball have over 4,300 wins between them and are the two most winningest college programs in history. Kentucky will travel to Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 30 next season in what is sure to be one of the spotlight games in the country on that date.
The Wildcats have lost in their last three visits to play the 11-time defending Big 12 champions on their home court.Feb 28, 2015; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) shoots a jump shot as Texas Longhorns forward Myles Turner (52) defends during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 69-64. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas-Kentucky matchup is one of three games in next season’s Big 12-SEC Challenge that will feature a pair or ranked teams, according to the early ESPN.com top-25 projections for the start of the 2015-16 season. The other two games are Iowa State at Texas A&M and Oklahoma at LSU. Iowa State and Oklahoma finished in a tie for second place behind champion Kansas in last season’s conference standings.
In the two seasons teams from the Big 12 and the SEC have met in this annual basketball challenge, the Big 12 owns a 13-7 record, having come out on top in the series in both years.
Next season will be the first time all 10 games in the challenge will be played on the same day.
Because the SEC has 14 teams to the 10 Big 12 schools, four SEC teams will not take part in next season’s challenge series: Missouri, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi State.
The complete schedule of games in the 2015-16 Big 12-SEC Basketball Challenge:
Kentucky at Kansas
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Oklahoma at LSU
Georgia at Baylor
Mississippi at Kansas State
Tennessee at TCU
Vanderbilt at Texas
Oklahoma State at Auburn
Texas Tech at Arkansas
West Virginia at Florida