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ESPN to End Big 12/SEC Challenge After 2022-23 Season: Report

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According to a report from Andy Katz, a well-connected college basketball analyst and digital reporter for the NCAA, ESPN is set to announce that the Big 12/SEC Challenge will officially end in January after a 10-year run.

According to the Big 12 official website, the matchups for the 2023 Big 12/SEC Challenge will be played on Saturday, January 28, which, as it turns out, will be the last time it is played.

The 2023 event will mark the 10th and final time that the two conferences will hold the annual challenge where all 10 Big 12 teams face 10 teams from the SEC, and will be the eighth consecutive year in which all the games have been played in a single day.

 

The Big 12 holds the advantage in the challenge record at 4-3-2, with wins in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019 and ties occurring in 2017 and 2020. The overall record for the Big 12 in the 10-year challenge is 48-41 (.539).

Here are the matchups for the 2023 iteration of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

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

Katz did have an interesting note following his announcement that the series would be coming to an end, and one that should excite Big 12 basketball fans for the future. If there is mutual interest from both parties, a new conference challenge between the Big 12 and the Big Ten could be born in the wake of the Big 12/SEC Challenge ending.

With the Big 12 set to add four teams to its ranks in 2023 and the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge going away, there are changes aplenty in the conference, but the future looks as bright and exciting as ever with new opportunities and challenges on the horizon.

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