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TCU’s opponent in Big 12/SEC Challenge announced: Tennessee in Fort Worth

TCU center Karviar Shepherd lays a shot up against the defense of Furman’s Kendrec Ferrara during the second half of a game in Fort Worth in December. Shepherd and the Horned Frogs will face Tennessee on campus in January as part of the third year of the Big 12/SEC challenge, it was announced Friday.
TCU center Karviar Shepherd lays a shot up against the defense of Furman’s Kendrec Ferrara during the second half of a game in Fort Worth in December. Shepherd and the Horned Frogs will face Tennessee on campus in January as part of the third year of the Big 12/SEC challenge, it was announced Friday.

Tennessee and new coach Rick Barnes will come to Fort Worth for a game against TCU as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge in January.

The Horned Frogs and Volunteers have met only one time, a 73-59 TCU victory in 2001. But the Horned Frogs and Barnes are familiar with each other from Barnes’ time with Texas in the Big 12.

The game time and network – either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU – will be announced later. All 10 games in the conference vs. conference challenge will be played on Jan. 30, a Saturday in the middle of the conference schedules.

“The Big 12 is proud to once again take part in the Challenge,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement released by the conference. “Our teams have had unprecedented success on the basketball court over the last two seasons, and we are excited to provide the fans more quality opponents on the schedules.”

It is the third year for the conference vs. conference matchup. The Big 12 won the challenge each of the first two years, 13-7 combined. TCU defeated Mississippi State two years ago and Ole Miss last year.

TCU is coming off an 18-14 season, its best under fourth-year coach Trent Johnson. The Horned Frogs lost their top two scorers, but have signed four players for next season.

Here are the other matchups, with a fact provided by the conference:

Georgia at Baylor: First meeting between the schools

Kentucky at Kansas: Jayhawks have won the last three meetings in Lawrence

Mississippi at Kansas State: K-State won last game between the teams in 2013

Tennessee at TCU: Frogs won only series meeting, 73-59, in 2001

Vanderbilt at Texas: Longhorns topped VU, 70-64, in 2013-14

Iowa State at Texas A&M: ISU has won the last two meetings

Oklahoma at LSU: Teams have split their previous four matchups

Oklahoma State at Auburn: OSU won last meeting, played in 2006 

Texas Tech at Arkansas: 96th meeting between the schools, first since 2006

West Virginia at Florida: Bob Huggins will face Gators for first time

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

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