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Rebels to face Kansas State in inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge

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.

The inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge (the event title will rotate to SEC/Big 12 Challenge in 2014) is a combination of existing games already scheduled along with new matchups created for this event during November and December. The two conferences and ESPN will work to schedule matchups over consecutive days in future events.

2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge schedule:
(times and networks are to be determined)

Thursday, November 14
Texas Tech at Alabama

Monday, December 2
Vanderbilt at Texas
Auburn at Iowa State

Thursday, December 5
Ole Miss
at Kansas State
West Virginia at Missouri
TCU at Mississippi State

Friday, December 6
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas)

Tuesday, December 10
Kansas at Florida

Saturday, December 21
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Houston, Texas)

 (May 14, 2013)

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