Auburn at TCU hoops SEC/Big 12 Challenge on ESPNU
AUBURN, Ala. (auburntigers.com) – Auburn at TCU in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for men’s basketball will be televised on ESPNU at 5 pm CT on Jan. 28, 2017, it was announced Monday. It is the fourth consecutive season for the Tigers to appear in the event.
The fourth annual event matches all 10 of the Big 12 members against 10 of the 14 teams from the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers played host to Oklahoma State last season after playing at Iowa State in 2013-14 and at Texas Tech in 2014-15.
Auburn owns a 2-1 series edge against TCU with the teams last playing in the 1996 Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii, an 86-66 TCU win. The Tigers won the first two meetings, defeating the Horned Frogs, 75-63 in the 1957 Birmingham Classic first round and 80-79 in the 1966 Mobile Invitational championship game.
Pearl is 2-2 all-time in SEC challenges, defeating Marquette in 2008 and winning at No. 3 Pittsburgh in 2010 in the SEC/Big East Challenge while at Tennessee in addition to playing at Texas Tech and facing Oklahoma State in two years at Auburn.
Pearl beat Dixon, who is entering his first year as TCU’s head coach, as part of the 2010 Big East/SEC Challenge when they were at Tennessee and Pittsburgh, respectively.
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, to be announced at a later date.
Ten teams competed in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
The first two years of the challenge were played over several days in November and December but the 2016 event was consolidated to a common play date on January 30 and then January 28, 2017. A bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate the new format.
2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge
Auburn at TCU, ESPNU, 5 pm CT
Texas A&M at West Virginia, ESPN, 11 am CT
Florida at Oklahoma, ESPN, 1 pm CT
Kansas State at Tennessee, ESPN2, 1 pm CT
LSU at Texas Tech, ESPNU, 1 pm CT
Texas at Georgia, ESPN, 3 pm CT
Iowa State at Vanderbilt, ESPN2, 3 pm CT
Arkansas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU, 3 pm CT
Kansas at Kentucky, ESPN, 5 pm CT
Baylor at Ole Miss, ESPN2, 5 pm CT