MBB to play Texas in Big 12/SEC Challenge

May 14, 2013

The Vanderbilt men's basketball team will take on Texas in Austin on December 2 in the inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge, a men's basketball inter-conference event that will begin during the 2013-14 season.

"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."

The Commodores are 4-2 all-time against Texas, with the last meeting coming on January 21, 1989, at Memorial Gym in a game Vanderbilt won, 94-79.  The meeting on December 2 will be Vanderbilt's first contest against the Longhorns in Austin, with three of the previous six meetings coming at Memorial Gym and the other three coming at neutral sites.

 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)



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