OU, A&M to square off in Big 12/SEC challenge

NORMAN, Okla. — The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced this week they'll have an annual men's basketball challenge starting up in the 2013-14 season, and the Sooners are slated to take on their former conference mate Texas A&M Aggies Dec. 31 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

This contest serves as one of just three that will take place out of the main time slot scheduled for Dec. 2-6.

The others include Texas Tech at Alabama on Nov. 14 and Kansas at Florida on Dec. 10.

Vanderbilt travels to Texas and Auburn heads to Iowa State on Dec. 2, with Mississippi and Kansas State, West Virginia and Missouri and TCU and Mississippi State all matching up Dec. 5, home teams the latter.

Two remaining contests feature South Carolina at Oklahoma State and Baylor against Kentucky at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 6.

"The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who recently helped to work out a deal where the two conferences' football champions would meet in the Sugar Bowl. "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, all games will be on consecutive days.

The Big 12 has not played in a "challenge" event since meeting with the Pac-12 back from 2007-10 and winning that four-year span 28-20.

OU owns the all-time series 30-10 with Texas A&M, including a 64-54 triumph when the two met in the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena last December.

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