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Texas vs. Kentucky Big 12-SEC Challenge to Tip Off in Prime Time

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Texas

The Texas Longhorns drew one of the marquee games of the Big 12-SEC Challenge this season, as they prepare to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Jan. 30. Earlier this week it was announced that the Wildcats and the Longhorns would face off at 8 p.m. eastern on ESPN, making it the marquee game of the yearly contest between the two conferences.  

The game will be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.  

Right now the Longhorns are ranked No. 4 in the nation by the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches poll, and are No. 2 in the Heartland College Sports Big 12 Power Rankings. Texas defeated Kansas for the first time at Allen Fieldhouse as a member of the Big 12 last weekend. In both and Bracketology Texas is considered to be a No. 1 seed, if the NCAA Tournament were to start this week.  


Kentucky is having an uncharacteristically down season so far. Earlier this season the Wildcats lost to Kansas in a neutral site game and, to this point, has not beaten a ranked team.  

Not all of the game times have been worked out for the Big 12-SEC Challenge, but some have been set. At noon eastern Oklahoma will host Alabama, while Kansas State will host Texas A&M. In the 2 p.m. eastern window Missouri is set to host TCU.  

In the 6 p.m. eastern window another marquee game is set to pit Kansas against Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Iowa State will also play at Mississippi State at 6 p.m. eastern. 

Last year’s Big 12-SEC Challenge ended in a tie with five wins for each conference. The Big 12 has won the challenge four times and the SEC has won it once, with the challenge ending in a tie twice.  

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