Big 12 and SEC Announce 2016 and 2017 Women’s Hoops Challenge

IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 and Southeastern conferences have announced an extension of their women’s basketball challenge that will expand to 10 games in 2016 and 2017. Kansas is scheduled to play at Alabama in 2016 and host Arkansas in 2017.

Every team from the Big 12 will participate while 10 teams from the SEC will take part in each season. The format features five home games on campus sites for each conference per year. Teams will not face the same opponent twice. 

“We’re excited to be a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge and the opportunity to play quality opponents during non-conference action,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “We’re looking forward to great match ups and representing the Big 12.”

In 2016, games will be scheduled over the dates of Thursday-Sunday, December 1-4. Exact dates of matchups and television designation will be released when available. 

“We are excited to see the Big 12/SEC Challenge expand to include all 10 of our institutions,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “This gives each of our teams an opportunity for a quality non-conference opponent and provides marquee matchups between two of the nation’s top conferences.”

The inaugural challenge was held in 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and featured a Top-5 matchup with No. 3 Texas squaring off against No. 4 Texas A&M. Oklahoma and Arkansas, who were both receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll, played in the second game.  The conferences split the Challenge with the two games decided by a total of nine points.

The 2015 version will be contested in Oklahoma City on Sunday, December 20, 2015, with the opponents reversed. Texas will play Arkansas while Oklahoma entertains Texas A&M.

2016 SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Challenge Matchups
Baylor at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Iowa State
Kansas at Alabama
Auburn at K-State
Oklahoma at Kentucky
Georgia at Oklahoma State
TCU at Florida
South Carolina at Texas
Texas Tech at Arkansas
Mississippi at West Virginia
2017 Big 12/SEC Women’s Basketball Challenge Matchups
Kentucky at Baylor
Iowa State at Vanderbilt
Arkansas at Kansas
K-State at Missouri
Florida at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State at Mississippi State
Alabama at TCU
Texas at Georgia
LSU at Texas Tech
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