Challenge Ahead For Tide-Texas Tech

The Alabama men's basketball team of Coach Anthony Grant will be first up when the latest pre-conference basketball promotion gets underway in November. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 have agreed to play an inter-conference event, the Big 12/SEC Challenge, with the upcoming 2013-14 season. And this is a true story: next year the name of the event will change to SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Alabama will play the inaugural game in the event when it welcomes Texas Tech to Coleman Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 14.

It will mark the second time in the two years that the Crimson Tide and Red Raiders will meet on the hardwood. Last season, Alabama captured a 66-62 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. All-SEC guard Trevor Releford finished that contest with 17 points and a team-leading three steals in the win.

"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 in the announcement. "We are pleased to be able to work with the Big 12 and ESPN to highlight the sport of men's basketball."

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 television 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 match-ups 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 match-ups created for this event during November and December. The two conferences and ESPN will work to schedule matchups over consecutive days in future events.

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