2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Texas Tech men's basketball will host Auburn on Dec. 3 to tip-off the 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Last season, the Red Raiders fell to Alabama 76-65 because they couldn't contain Alabama's Trevor Releford as he scored 29 points off 5-of-7 shooting from the perimeter.

Auburn also lost its SEC/Big 12 matchup last year 99-70 to Iowa State.

The Tigers finished last season 13-16 overall and 5-12 in conference play. 

Auburn also graduated its top scorer from last season Chris Denson.

Denson was the second leading scorer in the SEC last season with 19.1 points per game. 

KT Harrell, a senior this coming season, was the second-highest scorer for the Tigers last year with 18.3 points per game. 

This will be the third time the two teams have met in school history and the first since 1963. The series is tied 1-1.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and Tech head coach Tubby Smith are 2-2 against each other when Pearl was at Tennessee and Smith was at Kentucky.

As far as the entire Big 12 goes, the best matchups take place on Friday between Florida and Kansas and Texas and Kentucky. 

Florida returns next season after a disappointing end to its season in the Elite Eight to eventual national champion UConn. Kansas also exited early in the round of 32 to Stanford. However, a Kansas vs. Missouri matchup in the Sprint Center would have been better, in my opinion. 

With the return of the Harrison twins for Kentucky and the signing of Myles Turner and Jordan Barnett by Texas, this game is sure to produce good basketball. 

The entire 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 3 - Auburn at Texas Tech

Thursday, Dec. 4 - Arkansas at Iowa State
                        - LSU at West Virginia
                        - TCU at Ole Miss
                        - Baylor at Vanderbilt

Friday, Dec. 5 - Florida at Kansas
                    - Texas at Kentucky
                    - Missouri at Oklahoma

Saturday, Dec. 6 - Oklahoma State at South Carolina
                        - Kansas State at Tennessee 

 

 

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