Wednesday, May 15, 2013

OU Men's Hoops to Meet A&M in 2013

The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced an annual men's basketball challenge that will begin during the 2013-14 season and will pit Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M on Dec. 21 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The majority of the Big 12/SEC Challenge games are scheduled for December 2-6, but three will take place outside the four-day series window due to scheduling issues.

"The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC," said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "It will add more quality opponents to our schools' annually strong non-conference schedules and provide an additional avenue to showcase some outstanding intersectional matchups."

In future years, the two conferences will work with ESPN to schedule all games across consecutive days. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games on it networks. Additional components of the challenge, including start times and television broadcast information, will be announced at a later date.

This will be the first "challenge" event for Big 12 men's basketball since a four-year series between the Conference and the Pac-10 from 2007-10. The Big 12 held a 28-20 advantage in games played in that event.

Oklahoma holds a 30-10 all-time series lead against former Big 12 member Texas A&M. The Sooners beat the Aggies 64-54 last December in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City. OU senior-to-be Cameron Clark was named MVP.
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