WVU To Meet Missouri in Big12\SEC Challenge

West Virginia will be part of another crossover match-up with SEC foes when the Big 12 meets selected SEC teams in men's basketball this winter.

WVU will play at Missouri on Thursday, Dec. 5. All ten Big 12 schools will take part, while the SEC will omit Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee from the event.

Missouri was 11-7 in the SEC and 23-11 overall in 2012-13. The Tigers were a perfect 17-0 at home, riding that to an NCAA berth, where they fell to Colorado State in the second round by the score of 84-72.

The majority of the games are scheduled for December 2-6, with three taking place outside the four-day series window due to scheduling issues. In future years, the two conferences will work with ESPN to schedule all games across consecutive days. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games on it networks. Additional components of the challenge, including start times and television broadcast information, will be announced at a later date.

"The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC," said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "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."

The Challenge includes five teams ranked in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Florida, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 19 Baylor. Two games will pit ranked teams against each other: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 19 Baylor and No. 5 Kansas at No. 7 Florida.

This will be the first challenge for Big 12 men's basketball since a four-year series between the Conference and the Pac-10 from 2007-10. The Big 12 held a 28-20 advantage in games played in that event.


Thursday, November 14
Texas Tech at Alabama

Monday, December 2
Vanderbilt at Texas
Auburn at Iowa State

Thursday, December 5
Mississippi at Kansas State
West Virginia at Missouri
TCU at Mississippi State

Friday, December 6
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Baylor vs. Kentucky [Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas]

Tuesday, December 10
Kansas at Florida

Saturday, December 21
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M [Toyota Center, Houston, Texas]

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