Ole Miss basketball to face Kansas State

It was a Kansas State loss in Kansas City that set the Rebels up against La Salle, a less hostile environment than they would have otherwise faced in the Round of 32.

– PA

From media relations

OXFORD  – Ole Miss will take on Big 12 power Kansas State in men’s hoops next season, as the matchups for the inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge were announced on Tuesday.

The Rebels will travel to Manhattan, Kan., on Dec. 5 to face the Wildcats, who lost to La Salle in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss and Kansas State met three times from 2001-09 with the Rebels claiming all three contests, including a 67-65 win in Manhattan in 2001. Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is 1-0 versus the Wildcats with an 86-74 win in Puerto Rico in 2009.

All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in the annual event. Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee will not play in the first year. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games across its networks.

Eight of the 10 games in the 2013 event will be played at home sites (each conference has four home games) and two matchups will be at neutral sites.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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