Hogs will host West Virginia, Huggins, in Big 12-SEC Challenge

Arkansas will host West Virginia on Jan. 29, according to an announcement about the matchups for this year’s SEC-Big 12 Challenge.

And it will be an interesting matchup between coaches Eric Musselman and Bob Huggins, who has 900 wins as a college coach, including 310 with the Mountaineers.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will once again televise the Challenge. Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.

This is the ninth year of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and Arkansas will play in its eighth consecutive Challenge. The Razorbacks are 3-4 in such games — including a 3-0 mark at home and 0-4 on the road.

The SEC won the Challenge last year, 5-4. Overall, the Big 12 holds a 4-2-2 lead in the Challenge, winning 44 of the 79 games played in the series.

Arkansas and West Virginia have only met on one previous occasion

The Razorbacks defeated the Mountaineers, 71-64, on Nov. 26, 2006, in Orlando, Fla., to win the Old Spice Classic.

Sonny Weems (19 points) and Charles Thomas (13 points) led the Hogs. Arkansas was 7-of-17 from 3-point range, compared to WVU’s 9-of-32 shooting from deep, and the Razorbacks out-rebounded the Mountaineers by 20, 38-18.

Arkansas history in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge

2014: at Iowa State, loss, 95-77
2016: Texas Tech, won, 75-68 (OT)
2017: at Oklahoma State, loss, 99-71
2018: Oklahoma State, win, 66-65
2019: at Texas Tech, loss, 67-64
2020: TCU, won, 78-67
2021: at Oklahoma State, loss, 81-77

2022 SEC-Big 12 Challenge Matchups

Baylor at Alabama
West Virginia at Arkansas
Oklahoma at Auburn
Oklahoma State at Florida
Kentucky at Kansas
Kansas State at Ole Miss
Mississippi State at Texas Tech
Missouri at Iowa State
Tennessee at Texas

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.


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