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Next Big 12/SEC Challenge games to be played on Jan. 30, 2016

KU and Wayne Selden Jr. (top) beat Florida in this season’s Big 12/SEC Challenge.
KU and Wayne Selden Jr. (top) beat Florida in this season’s Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Kansas City Star

Next season’s Big 12/SEC Challenge, a series of 10 men’s basketball games between teams from each conference, will be played all on one date: Jan. 30, 2016.

Five teams from each conference will host the games and the four SEC teams left out of the challenge will be matched up in conference games on the same date. Matchups are to be determined, but the challenge games will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and the SEC games on that day will air on the SEC Network.

The Big 12 won this season’s challenge 6-4 during games on Dec. 3-6 and the inaugural challenge 7-3 the previous season, which was played across November and December.

“We are excited to move this event to January to provide the Big 12 a unique showcase and help ESPN give the Big 12/SEC Challenge the attention it deserves,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. “Our teams have shown a commitment to scheduling tough non-conference opponents and should be commended for setting a new standard by placing a key non-league matchup in the middle of the conference season.”

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