The South Carolina basketball team will travel to Oklahoma State for the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The two teams are set to play on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.
All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 programs will participate in the sixth annual event. The SEC is coming off a 6-4 win in the 2018 challenge.
This matchup marks the fourth meeting between South Carolina and Oklahoma State. It’s the third time the Gamecocks and Cowboys have played in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
South Carolina has a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head matchup.
The programs first met in 1975, which the Gamecocks won, 70-61, in Columbia. The Cowboys won the 2013 SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Stillwater, Okla., 72-59. It was the second season at South Carolina for coach Frank Martin. A year later, the Gamecocks won the challenge game in Columbia, 75-49.
This season, South Carolina will have three starters back from the 2017-18 squad: senior forward Chris Silva, junior forward Maik Kotsar and sophomore wing Justin Minaya.
Silva, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was also named first-team All-SEC last season. He averaged 14.3 points, 8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior.
Mike Boynton, a former South Carolina player and assistant coach, is the coach at Oklahoma State.
Four of the 10 SEC/Big 12 Challenge games will be televised on ESPN. Four will be carried on ESPN2 and two will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.