(Courtesy of Kansas Athletics)
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball will face Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.
Kansas holds a 4-1 all-time series advantage with Tennessee and the Jayhawks have won the last three meetings with the Volunteers. This will be the third-straight season the two teams have played with KU defeating UT, 87-82 in overtime, in the title game of the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, and last year’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge, a 74-68 KU win in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 25, 2020.
This is the eighth year for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and the sixth-straight in which all 10 games in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge will take place in one day. The Big 12 holds a 4-1-2 record in the series. The Big 12 holds a 40-30 (.571) advantage in the Challenge games.
Kansas is 5-2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, having split with Florida in 2013-14 and 2014-15, as both teams claimed home victories. KU then swept a home-and-home series with Kentucky, claiming a 90-84 overtime in Allen Fieldhouse in 2016 and a 79-73 win in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2017. In 2018, Kansas defeated Texas A&M, 79-68, in Allen Fieldhouse and in 2019 lost at Kentucky, 71-63. Last year, Kansas defeated Tennessee in Allen Fieldhouse.
Dating back to 2007, Kansas is 8-4 in conference challenges (1-1 vs. Arizona, 2-0 vs. UCLA, 1-1 vs. Florida, 2-1 vs. Kentucky, 1-0 vs. Tennessee, 1-0 vs. Texas A&M, 0-1 vs. Villanova).
2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge – Saturday, January 30
KANSAS at Tennessee
Auburn at Baylor
Iowa State at Mississippi State
Texas A&M at Kansas State
Alabama at Oklahoma
Arkansas at Oklahoma State
TCU at Missouri
Texas at Kentucky
Texas Tech at LSU
Florida at West Virginia