Power packed: Kentucky to play Kansas in Big 12/SEC Challenge


LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky and Kansas will meet for the seventh time in the past eight seasons this year.


The two all-time winningest programs will play n the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan, 29 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks have won four of the past five meetings, including a 65-62 victory in the Champions Classic last year.


In Kentucky’s last visit to Allen Fieldhouse in 2016, Kansas dealt the Wildcats a 90-84 loss in overtime. The Wildcats are 4-3 in the Challenge, but missed last year’s scheduled contest against Texas because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky owns an overall record of 23-10 against the Jayhawks. It will be the ninth meeting in John Calipari’s tenure as coach of the Wildcats. 


All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in the upcoming season. Each of the 10 SEC teams that participate in the 2022 Challenge will be a part of the 2023 event.


The SEC won the 2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge by winning five of the nine games played. The SEC holds a 25-24 advantage over the last five years.


This will be the seventh 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 six events have been consolidated to one single day in January. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the contests.


Kentucky is scheduled to play Duke in the Champions Classic on Nov. 9 in New York and also will take on North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 18. The Wildcats also play Michigan on Dec. 4.


Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.



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