Arkansas, TCU to meet in Big 12/SEC Challenge

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
TCU center Kevin Samuel (21) goes to the basket past Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) and forward Jericho Sims (20) during the first half of a semifinal college basketball game in the National Invitational Tournament, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
TCU center Kevin Samuel (21) goes to the basket past Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) and forward Jericho Sims (20) during the first half of a semifinal college basketball game in the National Invitational Tournament, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas basketball's matchup in next season's Big 12/SEC Challenge will have Southwest Conference flavor.

The Razorbacks will host TCU in the challenge, according to a release from the Southeastern Conference on Thursday. CBS reporter Jon Rothstein first reported the game on Tuesday.

All games in the challenge will be played Jan. 25, 2020.

Arkansas and TCU have not played since the Razorbacks' final season in the Southwest Conference in 1991. Arkansas leads the all-time series against the Horned Frogs by a decisive 104-38 margin.

The Razorbacks have played all seven other former SWC opponents at least once since they moved to the SEC prior to the 1991-92 season.

Arkansas vs. Old SWC

Since moving to the Southeastern Conference in 1991, Arkansas has played 35 games against teams that were in the Southwest Conference at the time of the Razorbacks' departure. Here is a look at Arkansas' record in those games:

Baylor 1-1

Houston 1-2

Rice 1-0

SMU 6-0

Texas 2-4

Texas A&M 7-6

Texas Tech 2-2

TCU 0-0

Overall 20-15

It is the sixth consecutive season Arkansas will participate in the inter-conference challenge. The Razorbacks are 2-3 in those games the last five seasons, most recently losing to eventual national runner-up Texas Tech 67-64 in Lubbock, Texas, last season.

Here is a look at how Arkansas has fared in the challenge:

2014-15 — Lost at Iowa State, 95-77

2015-16 — Defeated Texas Tech, 75-68 in OT

2016-17 — Lost at Oklahoma State, 99-71

2017-18 — Defeated Oklahoma State, 66-65

2018-19 — Lost at Texas Tech, 67-64

TCU, coached by Jamie Dixon, is the sixth known nonconference opponent for the upcoming season. The Razorbacks are scheduled to host Rice on Nov. 5, host North Texas on Nov. 12 and play at Georgia Tech on Nov. 25, and are under contract to return games at Indiana and Western Kentucky.

The Horned Frogs finished the 2018-19 season with a 23-14 overall record and 7-11 mark in Big 12 play. A No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament, TCU made a run to the NIT semifinals before falling 58-44 to Texas.

TCU returns leading scorer Desmond Bane (15.2 points per game), but lost four other players who averaged double figures in scoring last season.

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