For the first time in 5 seasons, the SEC wins the Big 12/SEC Challenge
The SEC has never won the Big 12/SEC Challenge outright, but the 2017-18 season is different. For those that aren’t following along, the league is better and deeper than it has been in quite some time.
On Saturday, the SEC got the better of the Big 12, finishing 6-4 on the day. Saturday’s best win came when unranked Kentucky, who fell out of the top 25 this week, defeated No. 7 West Virginia on the road 83-76. The Cats were down 17 at one point.
Alabama’s upset over No. 12 Oklahoma also played a huge part in the league’s finish.
The two conferences have squared off against one another each of the past four seasons, and the Southeastern Conference has never beaten the Big 12. The Big 12 won the first three 7-3, 6-4 and 7-3 before splitting last season 5-5. Overall, the Big 12 had a 25-15 overall advantage against the SEC heading into Saturday, but the league made up some ground. The Big 12 still has the overall lead 29-21.
Here are Saturday’s results:
- Kentucky 83, No. 7 West Virginia 76
- Arkansas 66, Oklahoma State 65
- No. 5 Kansas 79, Texas A&M 68
- Alabama 80, No. 12 Oklahoma 73
- No. 14 Texas Tech 70, South Carolina 63
- No. 20 Florida 81, Baylor 60
- No. 22 Tennessee 68, Iowa State 45
- Texas 85, Ole Miss 72
- Kansas State 56, Georgia 51
- Vanderbilt 81, TCU 78