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Women's Basketball Challenge opens Thursday

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SEC Staff
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The fifth Women's Basketball Challenge between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 will open this Thursday, Nov. 29 with two games and conclude on Sunday, Dec. 2, with eight matchups.

The SEC/Big 12 Challenge will feature 10 squads from the SEC against every team from the Big 12. This is the third season in which 10 games will be played. The format consists of five home games on campus sites for each conference.

This year's challenge includes five games that will feature at least one ranked opponent in either the Associated Press or USA TODAY Sports' Coaches poll.

The inaugural challenge was held in 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas and featured a top-5 showdown with No. 3 Texas squaring off against No. 4 Texas A&M. Oklahoma and Arkansas, who were both receiving votes, played in the second game. The conferences split the Challenge with the two games decided by a total of nine points.

The 2015 version was contested in Oklahoma City with the opponents reversed as No. 5 Texas played Arkansas while No. 17 Oklahoma competed against No. 18 Texas A&M. Each league again claimed a win.

In 2016, the SEC edged the Big 12, 6-4, in the first 10-game slate. Last season, both teams split the Challenge with a 5-5 mark.

2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 29
Kansas at LSU (SEC Network), 6:00 p.m.
TCU at Ole Miss (SEC Network), 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2
Texas Tech at Florida (SEC Network), 1:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Kansas State (ESPN3), 1:00 p.m.
No. 6/6 Mississippi State at No. 10/10 Texas (FS1), 1:00 p.m.
Arkansas at No. 23/22 Iowa State, 2:00 p.m.
Oklahoma at Auburn (SEC Network), 3:00 p.m.
No. 11/11 Tennessee at Oklahoma State (FS1), 3:00 p.m.
Missouri at No. RV/21 West Virginia, 4:00 p.m.
No. 4/5 Baylor at No. 18/19 South Carolina (ESPN2), 6:00 p.m.

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