Men’s College Basketball: Annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Commences Saturday with 10 Games

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Men’s College Basketball: Annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Commences Saturday with 10 Games

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will be on hand for No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 20 Kentucky, as part of the third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic – staged for the first time on a common-bye date of Saturday, Jan. 30.The Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup will air at 7 p.m. from Lawrence, Kan., with the morning show beginning at 11 a.m. and the evening edition beginning at 4 p.m. – all on ESPN. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to air every game of the third annual Challenge.

Additional Challenge games tagged as part of ESPN’s Journey to the Tourney include No. 14 Iowa State at No. 5 Texas A&M (ESPN, 2 p.m.) and No. 1 Oklahoma at LSU (ESPN, 5 p.m.), as well as the Kentucky-Kansas matchup.

Additional schedule highlights:

  • Also identified as a Journey to the Tourney game is No. 3 Iowa at No. 8 Maryland slated for Thursday, Jan. 28 (ESPN, 7 p.m.)
  • Also on Thursday, a top-25 Pac-12 tilt featuring No. 23 Oregon at No. 18 Arizona (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)
  • A Big Monday matchup pits No. 2 North Carolina at No. 16 Louisville (ESPN, 7 p.m.)
  • Super Tuesday features a top-25 game showcasing No. 9 West Virginia at No. 14 Iowa State (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)
  • Additional ranked teams in action include No. 12 Michigan State, No. 13 SMU, No. 17 Baylor, No. 19 Indiana, No. 22 Wichita State, No. 24 Duke and No. 25 Notre Dame

Full weekly schedule (Wednesday-Tuesday)

Weekly Men’s College Basketball Key Matchups (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 27 Wednesday Night Hoops (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 5 Texas A&M at Arkansas
Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 17 Baylor at Oklahoma State
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky
Mike Morgan, Joe Dean, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
Thu, Jan 28 Thursday Night Showcase (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
  7 p.m. No. 3 Iowa at No. 8 Maryland
Adam Amin, Dan Dakich, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
  No. 25 Notre Dame at Syracuse
Bob Wischusen, LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2
  Cincinnati at UConn
Mike Patrick, Len Elmore
ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 12 Michigan State at Northwestern
Rece Davis, Jim Calhoun
ESPN
  No. 23 Oregon at No. 18 Arizona
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN2
  Richmond at George Washington
Bob Picozzi, Craig Robinson
ESPNU
  11 p.m. Loyola Marymount at BYU
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams
ESPNU
Sat, Jan 30 Noon Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 9 West Virginia at Florida
Mark Jones, Kara Lawson
ESPN
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Vanderbilt at Texas
Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  2 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 14 Iowa State at No. 5 Texas A&M
Dave Flemming, Miles Simon
ESPN
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Tennessee at TCU
Mark Neely, Bryndon Manzer
ESPN2
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Ole Miss at Kansas State
Jason Benetti, Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  4 p.m. Boston College at No. 2 North Carolina
Dave O’Brien, Cory Alexander, Allison Williams
ESPN2
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Texas Tech at Arkansas
Mike Morgan, Barry Booker
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 1 Oklahoma at LSU
Brent Musburger, Dick Vitale, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  6 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Georgia at No. 17 Baylor
Bob Wischusen, Paul Biancardi
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 20 Kentucky at No. 4 Kansas
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake
ESPN
  8 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Oklahoma State at Auburn
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  Memphis at No. 13 SMU
Ted Emrich, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
Sun, Jan 31 4 p.m. No. 22 Wichita State at Evansville
Mitch Holthus, Mark Adams
ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. ACC Sunday Night: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. No. 23 Oregon at Arizona State
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams
ESPNU
Mon, Feb 1 Big Monday (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 2 North Carolina at No. 16 Louisville
Sean McDonough, Doris Burke
ESPN
  Howard at Maryland-Eastern Shore
Dave Lamont, Stan Lewter
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Texas at No. 17 Baylor
Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  NC State at Florida State
Mike Patrick, LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
Tue, Feb 2 Super Tuesday Presented by Hotels.com (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Tennessee
Brad Nessler, Sean Farnham, Shannon Spake
ESPN
  South Carolina at Georgia
Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  8 p.m. TCU at No. 1 Oklahoma
Paul Biancardi, TBD
ESPNEWS
  9 p.m. No. 19 Indiana at Michigan
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich, Allison Williams
ESPN
  No. 9 West Virginia at No. 14 Iowa State
Dave Flemming, Miles Simon
ESPN2
  No. 24 Duke at Georgia Tech
Mike Couzens, Len Elmore
ESPNU
  11 p.m. Colorado State at San Diego State
Steve Quis, Cory Alexander
ESPN2

 

Weekly Men’s College Basketball Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 27 Wednesday Night Hoops (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 5 Texas A&M at Arkansas

Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio

ESPNU
  Auburn at Ole Miss

Dave Neal, Daymeon Fishback

SEC Network
  Temple at East Carolina

Evan Leplar, Stan Lewter

ESPN3
  Vermont at New Hampshire ESPN3
  Lipscomb at NJIT ESPN3
  Jacksonville at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
  Kennesaw State at USC Upstate ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Indiana (Pa.) at California (Pa.) ESPN3
  8 p.m. Tulsa at Houston

Mark Neely, Mark Wise

ESPNEWS
  USF at Tulane

Tim Grubbs, Murry Bartow

ESPN3
  Lenoir-Rhyne at Wingate ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 17 Baylor at Oklahoma State

Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh

ESPNU
  Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky

Mike Morgan, Joe Dean, Laura Rutledge

SEC Network
  Northern Iowa at Bradley ESPN3
  10 p.m. UC Irvine at Cal State Northridge ESPN3
  11 p.m. California at Utah

Roy Philpott, Adrian Branch

ESPNU
Thu, Jan 28 Thursday Night Showcase (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
  6 p.m. UNC Greensboro at The Citadel ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 3 Iowa at No. 8 Maryland

Adam Amin, Dan Dakich, Kaylee Hartung

ESPN
  No. 25 Notre Dame at Syracuse

Bob Wischusen, LaPhonso Ellis

ESPN2
  Cincinnati at UConn

Mike Patrick, Len Elmore

ESPNU
  Western Carolina at Furman ESPN3
  VMI at Mercer ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Niagara at Marist

Doug Sherman, Rob Kennedy

ESPN3
  8 p.m. Evansville at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  Rider at Saint Peter’s

Ed Cohen, Vin Parise

ESPN3
  Youngstown State at UIC ESPN3
  Cleveland State at Valparaiso ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Georgia State at Arkansas State ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 12 Michigan State at Northwestern

Rece Davis, Jim Calhoun

ESPN
  No. 23 Oregon at No. 18 Arizona
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN2
  Richmond at George Washington

Bob Picozzi, Craig Robinson

ESPNU
  11 p.m. Loyola Marymount at BYU

Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams

ESPNU
Fri, Jan 29 6 p.m. VCU at Davidson

Karl Ravech, Craig Robinson

ESPN2
  7 p.m. Manhattan at Iona

Doug Sherman, Malcolm Huckaby

ESPNU
  Canisius at Fairfield

Ed Cohen, Rob Kennedy

ESPN3
  9 p.m. Kent State at Ohio

Dave Lamont, Reggie Rankin

ESPNU
Sat, Jan 30 Noon Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 9 West Virginia at Florida

Mark Jones, Kara Lawson

ESPN
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Vanderbilt at Texas

Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla

ESPN2
  Houston at East Carolina

Allen Bestwick, Mark Wise

ESPNEWS
  Georgia Tech at Syracuse

Kevin Fitzgerald, Chris Spatola

ESPNU
  2 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 14 Iowa State at No. 5 Texas A&M

Dave Flemming, Miles Simon

ESPN
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Tennessee at TCU

Mark Neely, Bryndon Manzer

ESPN2
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Ole Miss at Kansas State

Jason Benetti, Reid Gettys

ESPNU
  Stony Brook at Vermont ESPN3
  VMI at The Citadel ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan ESPN3
  3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ESPN3
  Spring Arbor at Indiana Wesleyan ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Northern Illinois at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  4 p.m. Boston College at No. 2 North Carolina

Dave O’Brien, Cory Alexander, Allison Williams

ESPN2
  Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Texas Tech at Arkansas

Mike Morgan, Barry Booker

ESPNU
  Radford at Winthrop ESPN3
  Illinois State at Missouri State ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
  Bloomfield at Philadelphia ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. UNC Greensboro at Mercer ESPN3
  Bowling Green at Central Michigan ESPN3
  NJIT at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 1 Oklahoma at LSU

Brent Musburger, Dick Vitale, Holly Rowe

ESPN
  New Mexico at Boise State

Ari Wolfe, Blaine Fowler

ESPN3
  USC Upstate at Lipscomb ESPN3
  6 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Georgia at No. 17 Baylor

Bob Wischusen, Paul Biancardi

ESPN2
  Tulane at Tulsa

Alex Faust, Brooke Weisbrod

ESPNU
  Alabama at South Carolina

Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold

SEC Network
  7 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: No. 20 Kentucky at No. 4 Kansas

Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake

ESPN
  Saint Peter’s at Monmouth

Doug Sherman, Rob Kennedy

ESPN3
  Georgia State at Arkansas-Little Rock

Matt Stewart, Bob Donewald

ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Samford ESPN3
  Buffalo at Toledo ESPN3
  Stetson at Jacksonville ESPN3
  Florida Gulf Coast at North Florida ESPN3
  Princeton at Yale ESPN3
  8 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic: Oklahoma State at Auburn

Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham

ESPN2
  Memphis at No. 13 SMU

Ted Emrich, Tim Welsh

ESPNU
  Youngstown State at Valparaiso ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri

Tom Hart, Andrew DeClercq

SEC Network
  9:30 p.m. UC Riverside at Cal State Fullerton ESPN3
  10 p.m. Pepperdine at BYU

Beth Mowins, Brad Daugherty

ESPN2
  UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine

Eric Rothman, Richie Schueler

ESPNU
Sun, Jan 31 4 p.m. No. 22 Wichita State at Evansville

Mitch Holthus, Mark Adams

ESPNU
  Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. ACC Sunday Night: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander

ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. No. 23 Oregon at Arizona State

Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams

ESPNU
Mon, Feb 1 Big Monday (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 2 North Carolina at No. 16 Louisville

Sean McDonough, Doris Burke

ESPN
  Howard at Maryland-Eastern Shore

Dave Lamont, Stan Lewter

ESPNU
  Florida Gulf Coast at Jacksonville ESPN3
  Stetson at North Florida ESPN3
  USC Upstate at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  Oakland at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. NJIT at Lipscomb ESPN3
  8 p.m. Sam Houston State at Lamar ESPN3
  9 p.m. Texas at No. 17 Baylor

Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe

ESPN
  NC State at Florida State

Mike Patrick, LaPhonso Ellis

ESPNU
Tue, Feb 2 Super Tuesday Presented by Hotels.com (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Tennessee

Brad Nessler, Sean Farnham, Shannon Spake

ESPN
  South Carolina at Georgia

Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio

ESPNU
  LSU at Auburn

John Saunders, Jon Sundvold, Kaylee Hartung

SEC Network
  Drake at Indiana State ESPN3
  Miami (Ohio) at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  Ball State at Bowling Green ESPN3
  Western Michigan at Toledo ESPN3
  8 p.m. TCU at No. 1 Oklahoma

Paul Biancardi, TBD

ESPNEWS
  Bradley at Missouri State ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 19 Indiana at Michigan

Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich, Allison Williams

ESPN
  No. 9 West Virginia at No. 14 Iowa State

Dave Flemming, Miles Simon

ESPN2
  No. 24 Duke at Georgia Tech

Mike Couzens, Len Elmore

ESPNU
  Alabama at Mississippi State

Tom Hart, John Pelphrey

SEC Network
  Utah State at Boise State ESPN3
  11 p.m. Colorado State at San Diego State

Steve Quis, Cory Alexander

ESPN2

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