Kansas and Kentucky will keep their abundant competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Lexington, Kentucky, at the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the 2 conventions and ESPN announced Thursday.
For the fourth-straight calendar year, all games at the SEC/Big 12 Challenge is going to be played in 1 day. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the competitions of this sixth-annual event fitting every Big 12 group with 10 members in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Every league will sponsor five matches. Additionally, ESPN’s College GameDay will emerge from a to-be-determined website of among their day’s matchups.
This is going to be the fifth-straight year Kansas and Kentucky have fulfilled and the time because 2011-12. Kansas has won the past three meetings, including last year’s Champions Classic, 65-61 on Nov. 14, 2017, in Chicago. KU won the past two conflicts as part of this SEC/Big 12 Challenge: 90-84 overtime in 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse and 79-73 at 2017 in Rupp Arena.
In 2011-12, both teams met with Kentucky promising both wins: 75-65 from the Champions Classic in Madison Square Garden and 67-59 from the NCAA title game in New Orleans. 1 Kentucky defeated Kansas 72-40 from the Champions Classic at Indianapolis. Ahead of 2011-12, both teams last met in the next round of the 2007 NCAA West Regional in Chicago with Kansas beating Kentucky, 88-76. Both teams needed a home-and-home show in 2005 and 2006 with KU winning equally in Lexington 65-59 on Jan. 9, 2005, also 73-46 the subsequent season (Jan. 7, 2006) at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas’ single-game listing of 150 points came from Kentucky at a 150-95 triumph over Rick Pitino’s Wildcats on Dec. 9, 1989, in Lawrence. Kansas trainer Bill Self is 6-4 against Kentucky, 6-3 while in Kansas.
Kansas is 4-1 at the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, with split with Florida in 2013-14 and 2014-15 as both groups maintained home successes. KU spanned Kentucky in 2015-16 at Allen Fieldhouse and 2016-17 at Rupp Arena. The Jayhawks defeated former Big 12 foe Texas A&M, 79-68, from the 2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Allen Fieldhouse.
Big 12 teams are 29-21 (.580) from the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. At the first four decades of this event, the Challenge trophy stayed in the Big 12 office. The Large 12 won it that the first few seasons and the championships divide the 10 matches in 2017 (if a tie, the prize stays together with the summit that won it the last year). The SEC won the fifth period of this Challenge at 2017-18.