South Carolina basketball is back in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Gamecocks will host Texas Tech on Jan. 27, 2018, at Colonial Life Arena. It will be the fourth meeting between the programs and the first since the 1976-77 season.
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The Gamecocks were one of four teams not taking part in the past two years of the challenge, along with Missouri, Alabama and Mississippi State as the structure requires a two-year commitment.
In the prior two seasons, South Carolina played Oklahoma State in the challenge, splitting their meetings with the Cowboys.
The SEC and Big 12 split last year’s challenge, tying 5-5 after narrow losses by Kentucky and Texas A&M.
“I thought we did well as a league,” coach Frank Martin said afterward. “I thought the guys went out there and did well,” Martin said. “There were two games – Kentucky was a nose-to-nose deal (against Kansas) and, obviously, A&M at West Virginia, that’s against two of the Top 10 teams in the country. That’s pretty good deal by our conference.
“I was proud of our coaches and our teams that played in. I think you’re going to continue to see the SEC grow as a league because of the players and coaches that are in here.”