Auburn to Play at Baylor in SEC/Big 12 Challenge
SOURCE: AUBURN ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
The Auburn men’s basketball team is set to take part in the eighth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge when it plays at Baylor, Jan. 30, 2021.
All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in this year’s event. Each of the 10 SEC teams that participated in the 2020 Challenge will be a part of the 2021 event.
Auburn trails the all-time series with Baylor, 4-2, but the two teams have only matched up three times in the last 50 years – 1995, 1996, 2009. The Tigers are 1-1 when facing the Bears on the road all-time.
Baylor, a projected top-10 team for the upcoming season, went 26-4 a year ago and return four All-Big 12 performers. The Bears have made the NCAA Tournament six times since 2012 and their 217 wins since 2011-12 are second-most in the Big 12 behind only Kansas (264).
Auburn is 2-3 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in its history but has won its last two. The Tigers won at TCU in 2017 and vs. Iowa State inside Auburn Arena in 2020.
The Tigers are one of four major programs to win at least 25 games each of the last three seasons along with Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. In addition, Auburn’s 35-20 record away from home since 2017-18 is the best in the SEC.
In 2020, the two conferences shared the Challenge title with both leagues earning five wins. Over the last four years of the Challenge, both conferences have won 20 games.
This will be the sixth year that a bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate the single-day format. The first two years of the challenge were played over several days in November and December, but the last five events have been consolidated to one single day in January.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the contests. Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.
2021 SEC/Big 12 Matchups
Auburn at Baylor Alabama at Oklahoma Arkansas at Oklahoma State Florida at West Virginia Texas at Kentucky Texas Tech at LSU Iowa State at Mississippi State TCU at Missouri Kansas at Tennessee Texas A&M at Kansas State