Ole Miss basketball to face Texas in 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge

Published 9:23 am Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ole Miss will once again be part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Rebels will travel to Texas as part of next season’s challenge, which will be played Jan. 27, 2018. The Southeastern Conference announced the challenge’s 10 matchups Thursday.

Teams participating in the the Big 12/SEC challenge, which began during the 2013-14 season, agree to a two-year contract, meaning Ole Miss is guaranteed to also play in the event in 2019. Ole Miss has yet to win a game in the challenge, falling to Kansas State twice, TCU and, most recently, Baylor.

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Texas joins a known non-conference slate for the Rebels next season that also includes games against Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee State — NCAA Tournament teams this past season — and Utah. Ole Miss’ full schedule will be released at a later date.

Ole Miss is coming off a 22-14 season that ended in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals after the Rebels finished tied for fifth in the SEC standings. Texas missed the postseason all together after going 11-22 in Shaka Smart’s second year at the helm, though the Longhorns have a top-10 recruiting class coming in.

Below is the full list of Big 12/SEC Challenge games next season. All games will be televised on the ESPN family of network, though specific TV designations and game times will be released at a later date.

Oklahoma at Alabama
Georgia at Kansas State
Baylor at Florida
Texas Tech at South Carolina
TCU at Vanderbilt
Oklahoma State at Arkansas
Kentucky at West Virginia
Ole Miss at Texas
Tennessee at Iowa State
Texas A&M at Kansas