BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - ESPN announced the television network designations and start times for the third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic on Wednesday, August 26.
Eight of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available via WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday morning and evening roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season – will originate from one of the Challenge games, to be announced at a later date. 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 participating in the 2016 Challenge will also play in the 2017 event. Fourteen participating teams earned postseason berths in 2015 and nine of the 10 games will feature at least one team that participated in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The first two years of the challenge were played over several days in November and December but the 2016 event will be consolidated to a common play date on January 30, 2016. A bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate the new format. The four SEC teams not participating in the Challenge play each other in conference games on the SEC Network the same day. 2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented By Sonic West Virginia at Florida, ESPN/2 Noon ET Vanderbilt at Texas, ESPN/2 Noon ET Tennessee at TCU, ESPN2 2 p.m. ET Ole Miss at Kansas State, ESPNU 2 p.m. ET Texas Tech at Arkansas, ESPNU 4 p.m. ET Georgia at Baylor, ESPN2 6 p.m. ET Oklahoma State at Auburn, ESPN2 8 p.m. ET UK at Kansas, ESPN (no earlier than 2 p.m. ET, no later than 7 p.m. ET) Oklahoma at LSU, ESPN (no earlier than 2 p.m. ET, no later than 7 p.m. ET) Iowa State at Texas A&M, ESPN (no earlier than 2 p.m. ET, no later than 7 p.m. ET)
The start times for the three flex games will be announced the week of Jan. 4