The networks and times have been finalized for the inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge – an early-season men’s basketball event matching these premier conferences against one another. Starting with the first game on Thursday, Nov. 14, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 10 games, including four teams in ESPN.com’s preseason top 25 and two top-25 matchups.
All telecasts will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The first year of the Big 12/SEC Challenge will play out over six weeks, culminating with the Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M game from Houston on Saturday, Dec. 21 (ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET). Schedule highlights:
No. 11 Oklahoma State matches up at home against South Carolina on Friday, Dec. 6 (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.).
2013 NIT Champions No. 19 Baylor faces top-ranked Kentucky – fielding ESPN.com’s No. 1-ranked incoming recruiting class – from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, also on Dec. 6 (ESPN, 10 p.m.).
A top 10 battle, No. 5 Kansas plays at No. 7 Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 10 (ESPN, 7 p.m.).
The Jayhawks will feature one of the top incoming freshman in the nation in No. 1-ranked Andrew Wiggins by ESPN.com.