Rebels to Host Iowa State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The Pavilion at Ole Miss – Photo by: Paul Keelaghan
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team will compete in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for the sixth consecutive year, hosting Iowa State on Jan. 26, 2019. The Rebels and Cyclones will face off at The Pavilion at Ole Miss as part of the sixth annual battle between the two premier college basketball conferences.

All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in this year’s event. Each of the 10 SEC teams that participated in the 2018 Challenge are a part of the 2019 event.

The SEC is coming off a 6-4 win in the Big 12/SEC Challenge after a 5-5 tie in 2017.

Ole Miss and Iowa State have met just once over the past 108 seasons of Rebel Basketball. The Cyclones and Rebels squared off in Hawaii on Dec. 23, 2000 with Iowa State emerging with a 73-68 victory. It was one of only eight losses all season for Ole Miss as the Rebels went on to capture the SEC Western Division title before advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

This will be the fourth year that a bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate the single-day format. The four SEC teams not participating will play each other in conference games the same day. The first two years of the challenge were played over several days in November and December but the 2019 event will be consolidated to one single day in January.

Four of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season – will originate from one of the Challenge games.

Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.

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2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge (January 26, 2019)
Alabama at Baylor
Arkansas at Texas Tech
Florida at TCU
Texas at Georgia
Kansas at Kentucky
Iowa State at Ole Miss
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
West Virginia at Tennessee
Kansas State at Texas A&M
Vanderbilt at Oklahoma

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Communications

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