Tigers to Host Texas Tech in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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LSU forward Trendon Watford (2) is defended by Vanderbilt’s Maxwell Evans, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

BATON ROUGE – The Southeastern Conference, the Big 12 and ESPN announced on Wednesday the matchups for the 2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge and the Tiger basketball team is scheduled to host Texas Tech in the eighth annual series of games on Jan. 30, 2021 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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.

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.

LSU and Texas Tech have played seven times, including a 2017 Challenge game in Lubbock with Texas Tech winning, 77-64. The teams have played seven times since the first meeting in 1957 with Texas Tech leading, 4-3. LSU won the last meeting at home in 2014, 69-64, in overtime. Texas Tech leads, 2-1, in the three games played in Baton Rouge (1957, 1959, 2014).

Last year, LSU won for the SEC with a 69-67 win in Austin against the University of Texas. LSU finished 21-10 after the 2019-20 season was ended early by the national pandemic. Texas Tech was 18-13 a year ago and lost in overtime in Lubbock last year in the Challenge to Kentucky, 76-74.

LSU has split its four previous appearances in the SEC/Big 12 Challenges. Besides the win at Texas last year and loss to Texas Tech in 2017, LSU lost to No. 1 Oklahoma at the Maravich Center, 75-77 in 2016 and defeated No. 16 West Virginia in Morgantown, 74-73 in 2015.

Start times and network designations for the games, along with ticket information will be announced at a later date. 

(Press Release Provided by LSU Athletics)

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