Men’s basketball to host Texas A&M in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Then Junior guard Mike McGuirl leaps up for a shot during K-State’s men’s basketball game against Oklahoma State at home last season. McGuirl is the only returning senior for the 2020-2021 season. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The men’s basketball team confirmed another game on their anticipated season schedule with a Big 12 Conference/ SEC Challenge against Texas A&M.

The Wildcats play Texas A&M in in Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, both conferences announced Wednesday.

ESPN will provide coverage for the game. Tip-off time and full scheduling information aren’t available yet.

“The Challenge series continues to be a great success for both the Big 12 and SEC,” head coach Bruce Weber said to K-State Athletics. “It has also become one of the most competitive in the country with the conferences tying for the second time in the last four years in 2020. Texas A&M is another great addition to our schedule and we know that any Buzz Williams-coached team will be [a] difficult opponent to play.”

The two conferences tied in the Challenge for the second time in eight years last season, with each conference earning five wins a piece. The Big 12 is 40-30 (.571) all-time in the challenge.

K-State is 3-4 all-time in the Challenge. The Wildcats last played the Aggies in 2019 — the Wildcats lost 63-53. K-State leads the all-time series 18-9 and is 11-0 against Texas A&M at home.

This will be the second scheduled meeting with a former conference rival for the 2020-21 season with the Wildcats playing Colorado on Nov. 27 in the Little Apple Classic at Bramlage Coliseum.

The rest of the Wildcats schedule remains uncertain.