Kansas and Kentucky will once again highlight the Big 12/SEC Challenge in 2017.
A year after the Jayhawks defeated the Wildcats in an overtime thriller at Allen Fieldhouse the basketball bluebloods will head to Rupp Arena for a rematch. It should be one of the most anticipated nonconference basketball games of the year. Both teams are expected to begin next season ranked in the top five.
But the Big 12 and SEC will offer fans other intriguing matchups. The full slate of 10 games, which will be played on Saturday January 28, was announced Tuesday. Game times will be announced at a later date.
Here is the rest of the lineup: Baylor at Mississippi, Iowa State at Vanderbilt, Kansas State at Tennessee, Florida at Oklahoma, Arkansas at Oklahoma State, Auburn at TCU, Texas at Georgia, LSU at Texas Tech and Texas A&M at West Virginia.
ESPN’s “College GameDay” will broadcast live from one of the games.
SEC teams Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and South Carolina will not participate.
For K-State, the road matchup with Tennessee will feel familiar. The Wildcats played the Volunteers on the road two seasons ago. All four of K-State’s Big 12/SEC Challenge games have been repeats. It has twice hosted Mississippi at Bramlage Coliseum and is now set to make its second trip to Tennesse. The Wildcats won both games against Ole Miss, but loss at Tennessee.
One change is new Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, who K-State normally saw when he coached at Texas.
Another fun matchup is Florida at Oklahoma. Sooners coach Lon Kruger once coached for the Gators and has taken both teams to the Final Four.
The Big 12 has won all three previous challenges with the SEC, going 20-10.
Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett