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ESPN makes Big 12/SEC Challenge matchups official

Photo: © Michael C. Johnson | USATSI

Photo: © Michael C. Johnson | USATSI

Word first leaked out about this earlier in the week, but ESPN made it official today: Kentucky will take on Texas Tech in the 2020 Big 12/SEC Challenge. The game will take place Saturday, January 25 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

If you’re like me and wondering where Lubbock is in the Lonestar State, allow me to save you a Google search:

The complete list of Big 12/SEC Challenge matchups (tip times and networks TBD):

  • Kansas State at Alabama
  • TCU at Arkansas
  • Iowa State at Auburn
  • Baylor at Florida
  • Kentucky at Texas Tech
  • LSU at Texas
  • Mississippi State at Oklahoma
  • Missouri at West Virginia
  • Tennessee at Kansas
  • Oklahoma State at Texas A&M

…and Kentucky’s complete 2019-20 non-conference schedule:

  • Oct. 27 — vs. Georgetown College (Exh.)
  • Nov. 1 — vs. Kentucky State (Exh.)
  • Nov. 5 — vs. Michigan State (Champions Classic in New York)
  • Nov. 8 — vs. Eastern Kentucky
  • Nov. 12 — vs. Evansville
  • Nov. 18 — vs. Utah Valley
  • Nov. 22 — vs. Mount Saint Mary’s
  • Nov. 24 — vs. Lamar
  • Nov. 29 — vs. UAB
  • Dec. 7 — vs. Farleigh Dickinson
  • Dec. 14 — vs. Georgia Tech
  • Dec. 18 — vs. Utah (in Las Vegas)
  • Dec. 21 — vs. Ohio State (CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas)
  • Dec. 28 — vs. Louisville
  • Jan. 25 — @ Texas Tech (Big 12/SEC Challenge)

As for the conference schedule, dates have not been finalized yet, but Kentucky will play its permanent home-and-away opponents of Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt twice; host and visit both Auburn and Georgia; host Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss; and visit Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M. Dates for those games are expected to be released soon.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for ESPN makes Big 12/SEC Challenge matchups official

  1. ColoradoCatFan88
    1:50 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

    Weakest non conference schedule we’ve had in years..

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      7:00 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

      We play Michigan State who is going to be preseason #1, Louisville who will likely be preseason top 5, at Texas Tech who will probably end up being a top 25 team with how good that coach is, Ohio State who will be preseason top 20, and Utah who is likely going to be a tournament team. The 2017-2018 schedule was much weaker.

  2. 502to940
    3:11 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to Texas… BIG BLUE circle on Feb25

  3. kentuckybackupplayer
    3:59 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

    So? Do we call it Lubvegas now?

  4. UKDemarcusWall
    6:44 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

    Imagine being a season ticket holder and getting this as your non-conference home game schedule

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      7:01 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

      As a UK fan I legitimately don’t care about getting more high quality neutral site games than home games, it prepares the team better for post season.

    • UKDemarcusWall
      8:22 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

      Does it though? I mean maybe you could argue it does up until the Elite 8, but playing a neutral site does not prepare a team to play in a dome. Playing home-and-home games are so much more entertaining than playing in half-full arenas in cities that don’t have big college basketball followings. Clearly playing neutral site games hasn’t pushed UK over the top since 2012, though I still don’t think there is a correlation.