The Norman Transcript

May 15, 2013

Sooners will face Aggies in Big 12/SEC challenge

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced a four-season annual men’s basketball challenge that will begin during the 2013-14 season.

Oklahoma’s first game in the series was already on the schedule. It will face Texas A&M Dec. 21 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The game was already on the Sooners’ schedule. It was the second part of a two-game series with the Aggies that began with OU’s 64-54 win in the 2012 All-College Classic in Oklahoma City.

The majority of the Big 12/SEC Challenge games are scheduled for Dec. 2-6, but the OU-Texas A&M game will take place outside the four-day series window due to scheduling issues.

“The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC,” Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “It will add more quality opponents to our schools’ annually strong non-conference schedules and provide an additional avenue to showcase some outstanding intersectional matchups.”

In future years, the two conferences will work with ESPN to schedule all games across consecutive days. ESPN will televise all 10 games on it networks. Start times and television broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

This will be the first “challenge” event for Big 12 men’s basketball since a four-year series with the Pac-10 ran from 2007-10. The Big 12 had a 28-20 advantage in games played in that event.

The Sooners also are slated to meet SEC member Arkansas this season.

Here are the rest of the Big 12/SEC Challenge games:

· Nov. 14: Texas Tech at Alabama

· Dec. 2: Vanderbilt at Texas, Auburn at Iowa State

· Dec. 5: Mississippi at Kansas State, West Virginia at Missouri, TCU at Mississippi State

· Dec. 6: South Carolina at Oklahoma State, Baylor vs. Kentucky (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

· Dec. 10: Kansas at Florida

· Dec. 21: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (Toyota Center, Houston, Texas)