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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Kansas to host Kentucky in 2022 Big 12/SEC Men’s Basketball Challenge

Kansas redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson goes up for a reverse layup during a game against Kentucky Tuesday night during the Champions Classic inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Phil Ellsworth of ESPN.

Kansas redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson goes up for a reverse layup during a game against Kentucky Tuesday night during the Champions Classic inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Phil Ellsworth of ESPN.

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For the seventh time in the past eight seasons, the two winningest programs in men’s college basketball history will face off during the 2021-22 regular season.

Kansas will host Kentucky on Jan. 29 at Allen Fieldhouse in the featured game of the ninth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.

ESPN and the conferences announced the event’s pairings on Wednesday.

With 2,323 all-time wins, Kansas sits four victories behind Kentucky at 2,327.

However, the Jayhawks made up some serious ground in the wins race during the 2020-21 season, finishing with 21 victories compared to just nine for Kentucky.

The Jayhawks have won four of the last five meetings with the Wildcats, including last year’s 65-62 win in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two blueblood pro-grams in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and KU has won two of the previous three.

Kansas is 5-3 all-time in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. In addition to the two wins over Kentucky, Kansas owns home wins over Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M.;

The Jayhawks’ losses have come at Kentucky, at Florida and at Tennessee.

The upcoming season will mark the seventh consecutive year when all of the Challenge’s games will be played on the same day. Prior to that, the Challenge was spread out over different dates in November and December.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 10 contests, with TV designations and tip times coming at a later date.

Big 12 teams are 44-35 all-time in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and the Big 12 has won the Challenge outright in four of the eight years of its existence — 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. The SEC has won twice (2018 and 2021) and the conferences have tied, with each winning five games, the other two times in 2017 and 2020.

Last season, the SEC won the showdown by winning five of the nine games played. One game was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2022 Big 12/SEC Challenge

Baylor at Alabama

Missouri at Iowa State

Kentucky at Kansas

Kansas State at Ole Miss

Oklahoma at Auburn

Oklahoma State at Florida

LSU at TCU

Tennessee at Texas

Mississippi State at Texas Tech

West Virginia at Arkansas

Comments

Mallory Briggans 1 year, 3 months ago

I know this is a bit off topic ....but Creighton was handed down its punishment on bribery charges by an assistant coach back 2017 .................which was around the time the Billy Preston fiasco which triggered our own investigation .......and we still havent gotten a decision I wasnt aware of the Creighton situation until it was announced ........Kansas and the other schools are still waiting and waiting .......and waiting

Matt Tait 1 year, 3 months ago

Couple of things worth noting...

  1. Creighton never publicly revealed that it was facing NCAA sanctions.

  2. The punishment was passed down by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions (the more traditional ruling body) not the IARP which is hearing KU's case.

There definitely will still be some waiting and at this point the only thing we know for sure is that the NCAA/IARP recently said rulings for all of its current cases would be handed out in the next 12 months, which, by now, is probably in the 10-month range.

Rodney Crain 1 year, 3 months ago

Always great to play UK, especially in Allen!

Mallory Briggans 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks Matt .......I guess disclosing it publicly may have hurt recruiting as well .Creighton is not the type of program that can overcome pending sanctions like a Kansas , plus Mcdermott s plantation comment didnt help the schools program either . Regardless to punish current and future players is a bad dea for something 4 years ago.

David Robinett 1 year, 3 months ago

Pretty sure it was fall of 1979 when KU played Kentucky at home and for some reason I had a final at 5 o’clock or so ended doing poorly because I was rushing to finish and get to the game :-)

I think Kentucky’s star guard at the time was Kyle Macy, And that may have been Darnell Valentine’s senior year.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 3 months ago

The last time I was in Allen Field House, it was January 30th, 2016 as KU beat Kentucky in overtime in a great game. If that turns out to be my last visit to Allen, well, it sure isn't a bad way to finish up!! :)

David Kelley-Wood 1 year, 3 months ago

It would be sweet if when we square off, they're chasing us in the all-time wins category. Or, maybe even better yet, a win in that game would put us into the lead.

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