With the breakup of the Big East, a new basketball event has been created: The Big 12/SEC Challenge. That announcement was made today, and it was also revealed that Mississippi State will participate in the event next season. The Bulldogs, one of 10 SEC teams participating, will play host to TCU on Dec. 5.
The Big 12 has only 10 teams.
MSU has participated in the Big East/SEC Challenge in the past, most recently last season when it took on Providence (a 73-63 loss). But the Big East has split up as conference realignment continues to shift the college athletics landscape. State and TCU have played twice before, in 1989 and 1990. TCU won the first game, in Fort Worth, and MSU won the second one, in Starkville.
The Horned Frogs went 11-21 last season and finished last in the Big 12 with a 2-16 mark. It was their first season under Trent Johnson, who had previously been head coach at LSU for four seasons. MSU was 10-22 (4-14 SEC) in Rick Ray‘s first season at the helm.
“Pairing us in this challenge with the Big 12 was a great move by the SEC,” Ray said in a school release. “Coach Johnson is a quality coach and individual that will have an improved team ready to come and compete in the Hump. It should be and will continue to be an entertaining matchup for our fans this year and years to come.”
Here are the other nine Big 12/SEC Challenge matchups for the coming season:
• Nov. 14, Texas Tech at Alabama
• Dec. 2, Vanderbilt at Texas
• Dec. 2, Auburn at Iowa State
• Dec. 5, Ole Miss at Kansas State
• Dec. 5, West Virginia at Missouri
• Dec. 6, South Carolina at Oklahoma State
• Dec. 6, Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas)
• Dec. 10, Kansas at Florida
• Dec. 21, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Houston)