The SEC announces that the 2015-16 SEC/Big 12 Challenge will be held on one day and will be later in the season than previously held. In fact, all the games will be played on January 30, 2016.
Here’s the release:
Birmingham, Ala. – The Southeastern and Big 12 conferences have announced that beginning with the 2015-16 men’s basketball season, both leagues will create a common open date during their league schedules to showcase the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU combining to televise all 10 games of the event.
“Moving the Big 12/SEC Challenge later in the season will raise the profile of this event and give our coaches, student-athletes and fans the attention that it deserves,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.
All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in the event. The four SEC teams not participating in the Challenge will be matched up in conference games on Jan. 30 that will be televised by the SEC Network. Each conference will host five games. The participants and matchups will be determined at a later date.
Looking beyond next season, both conferences will continue to create a common open date in early January or February to play the Challenge. The first year of the Challenge was played throughout November and December while this season’s Challenge was played December 3-6.