Texas coach Shaka Smart will take his veteran team to Rupp Arena this January for a date with Kentucky as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Longhorns and Wildcats will meet Jan. 30 in the heart of the Big Blue Nation.
Kentucky has won the only two previous matchups in series history. John Calipari’s top-ranked team took down Rick Barnes’ Horns 63-51 in Lexington, Ky., the last time these two teams met in December 2014.
Smart may need to change his team’s signals, though. UT assistant coach Jai Lucas recently left Austin to take a support role on Calipari’s bench.
Both the Big 12 and SEC announced the entire 10-game lineup for the 2020-21 men’s basketball season on Wednesday. Kansas will play at Tennessee, a program now led by Barnes. Auburn is also coming to play Baylor.
Big 12 teams are 40-30 overall in the annual showdown between leagues. The Longhorns are 3-4 in seven Challenge appearances.
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2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge Pairings (Saturday, Jan. 30)
Auburn at Baylor
Iowa State at Mississippi State
Kansas at Tennessee
Texas A&M at Kansas State
Alabama at Oklahoma
Arkansas at Oklahoma State
TCU at Missouri
Texas at Kentucky
Texas Tech at LSU
Florida at West Virginia
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