NORMAN, Okla. -- In a rekindling of a head-to-head series that dates back 99 years, the Oklahoma men's basketball team will host former conference rival Missouri on Friday, Dec. 5, at Lloyd Noble Center as part of the 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced the matchups for the 10-game series on Wednesday.
OU's game versus Missouri will take place the night before the Sooners' home football contest against Oklahoma State.
All games in the 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge are scheduled for Dec. 3-6. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games on it networks. Additional components of the event, including tipoff times and exact network information, will be announced at a later date.
The Challenge includes eight teams ranked in the early ESPN.com "Fab 50" rankings overall, with five Big 12 teams rated in the top 25: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 4 Kansas, No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Florida, No. 18 Iowa State, No. 19 Oklahoma, No. 25 K-State and No. 44 LSU.
Last season, the Big 12 won the Challenge by capturing wins in seven of the 10 meetings. OU posted a 64-52 win over Texas A&M in Houston, Texas.
The Big 12 has posted a 35-23 (.603) record in the last two challenge series it has played (vs. Pac-10, SEC) dating back to 2007.
"The Big 12 was thrilled with the success of the Challenge last season," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "We are equally excited about this year's games that will continue to add quality opponents to our strong non-conference schedules as we look to defend our performance as the nation's No. 1 conference."
Missouri, which last played in the Big 12 during the 2011-12 season, finished 23-12 last year and advanced to the second round of the NIT. The Tigers are under the direction of head coach Kim Anderson, who was hired on April 28. Anderson, who played at MU and was the 1977 Big Eight Player of the Year, was an assistant at the school from 1991-99 under former head coach Norm Stewart.
Oklahoma holds a 112-97 all-time series lead against a Missouri program that was a co-member of Missouri Valley, Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences. The teams first met during the 1915-16 season. They split a two-game series, with each squad winning at home.
|2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge Schedule|
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Auburn at Texas Tech
Thursday, Dec. 4
Arkansas at Iowa State
Baylor at Vanderbilt
LSU at West Virginia
TCU at Mississippi
Friday, Dec. 5
Missouri at Oklahoma
Florida at Kansas
Texas at Kentucky
Saturday, Dec. 6
Kansas State at Tennessee
Oklahoma State at South Carolina