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Bluebloods to Continue Series in Big 12/SEC Challenge

Press Release KU:

The top-two winningest programs in men's college basketball will continue their rivalry as Kentucky will play at Kansas inside historic Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge presented by Sonic. ESPN, the Big 12 and the SEC announced the pairings Thursday.

As previously mentioned when Kansas released it non-conference schedule on May 7, the Jayhawks are one of five Big 12 schools which will play host for the 2015-16 challenge. Additionally, ESPN College GameDay will originate from a to-be-determined site of one of the day's games.

With 2,153 all-time victories, Kansas ranks second behind Kentucky's 2,178 wins in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. The upcoming Big 12/SEC Challenge will mark the seventh meeting between the two schools in the Kansas head coach Bill Self era at KU. The series is tied at 3-3 in that span and includes two meetings during the 2011-12 season at the ESPN Champions Classic in New York and the NCAA title game in New Orleans, both UK victories. Kentucky leads the overall series with Kansas, 22-6, yet the Jayhawks have won three-straight KU-UK matchups in Allen Fieldhouse with the last being a 73-46 victory on Jan. 7, 2006. Kentucky has won the last three meetings in the series, most recently on Nov. 18, 2014 when then-No. 1 Kentucky defeated, then-No. 5-Kansas, 72-40, in the ESPN Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

This is the third year of the Big 12/SEC Challenge and the Big 12 is 13-7 (.650) in the series, having won the challenge in each of its first two seasons. The Big 12 has posted a 41-27 (.603) record in the last two conference challenge series it has played (vs. Pac-10, SEC) dating back to 2007.

The 2015-16 challenge has eight teams ranked in the early ESPN.com early top 25 rankings overall, including five Big 12 teams - No. 1 Kentucky, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 6 Kansas, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 17 Baylor, No. 19 LSU, No. 23 Texas and No. 24 Texas A&M. Three games will pit ranked squads against each other - Kentucky at Kansas, Iowa State at Texas A&M and Oklahoma at LSU.

2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge – Saturday, Jan. 30 (times to be announced)

Georgia at Baylor

Kentucky at KANSAS

Mississippi at Kansas State

Tennessee at TCU

Vanderbilt at Texas

Iowa State at Texas A&M

Oklahoma at LSU

Oklahoma State at Auburn

Texas Tech at Arkansas

West Virginia at Florida

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