Kansas women’s basketball to travel to Mississippi for 2020 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

photo by: Carter Gaskins

KU sophomore guard Brooklyn Mitchell (21) throws a pass to a teammate. KU defeated Indiana State 84-72 on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

The Kansas women’s basketball team will travel to Oxford, Miss., this season to take on Ole Miss in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the Big 12 Conference announced Thursday.

Dates and game times will be announced later.

Kansas is 3-1 all-time in the conference challenge, which began in 2014 and expanded to its current 20-team format in 2016.

Brandon Schneider’s team defeated Florida at Allen Fieldhouse during the 2019-20 version of the event and also knocked off LSU during the 2018-19 season and Arkansas in 2017-18.

This season’s matchup will be the third all-time between Kansas and Mississippi. The Rebels lead the series 2-0, with the most recent meeting coming in 2006, when Ole Miss knocked off KU 78-76 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The two conferences split the challenge, 5-5, in 2017 and 2018, and the Big 12 won eight of the 10 matchups last season.

The men’s teams from both conferences have held a similar challenge for the past several years — this season, KU will play away on Jan. 30 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent — and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a news release that the event has been great for the exposure of both conferences.

“These contests provide high-quality matchups that prepare our teams for the rigors of Big 12 play, while showcasing the excitement of women’s basketball,” he said.

2020 SEC/Big 12 Women’s Basketball Matchups:

• Kansas at Ole Miss

• Baylor at Arkansas

• South Carolina at Iowa State

• Kentucky at K-State

• Oklahoma at Georgia

• Alabama at Oklahoma State

• TCU at Missouri

• Texas A&M at Texas

• Texas Tech at Vanderbilt

• Tennessee at West Virginia


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