Kansas women's basketball to travel to Mississippi for 2020 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Kansas guard Brooklyn Mitchell (21) attempts to get past Indiana State guard Del'Janae Williams (51) during an NCAA women's basketball game on Nov. 7, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan.

The Kansas women’s basketball team will travel to Oxford, Miss., this season to take on Ole Miss in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the Big 12 Conference announced Thursday.

Dates and game times will be announced later.

Kansas is 3-1 all-time in the conference challenge, which began in 2014 and expanded to its current 20-team format in 2016.

Brandon Schneider’s team defeated Florida at Allen Fieldhouse during the 2019-20 version of the event and also knocked off LSU during the 2018-19 season and Arkansas in 2017-18.

This season’s matchup will be the third all-time between Kansas and Mississippi. The Rebels lead the series 2-0, with the most recent meeting coming in 2006, when Ole Miss knocked off KU 78-76 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The two conferences split the challenge, 5-5, in 2017 and 2018, and the Big 12 won eight of the 10 matchups last season.

The men’s teams from both conferences have held a similar challenge for the past several years — this season, KU will play away on Jan. 30 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent — and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a news release that the event has been great for the exposure of both conferences.

“These contests provide high-quality matchups that prepare our teams for the rigors of Big 12 play, while showcasing the excitement of women’s basketball,” he said.

2020 SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Matchups:

• Kansas at Ole Miss

• Baylor at Arkansas

• South Carolina at Iowa State

• Kentucky at K-State

• Oklahoma at Georgia

• Alabama at Oklahoma State

• TCU at Missouri

• Texas A&M; at Texas

• Texas Tech at Vanderbilt

• Tennessee at West Virginia


David Kelley-Wood

That's good info. Certainly wouldn't have wanted to learn of it at the last minute.

5 months ago


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