Arkansas, Iowa State to Meet Next Season

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas basketball team will play at Iowa State as part of the 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The schedule for the challenge — which is in its second season — was announced Wednesday afternoon. Arkansas was not selected to participate last season, but will play the Cyclones on Dec. 4.

It will be the first meeting between the programs since 1999, when Iowa State beat Arkansas 77-71 at the Big Island Invitational in Hawaii. The Cyclones are 3-1 against the Razorbacks, but the teams have never played in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State went 28-8 last season, earned a No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet 16. The Cyclones lost to Connecticut, which went on to win the national championship.

Arkansas adds Iowa State to a nonconference schedule that will have plenty of road tests in 2014-15. The Razorbacks did not play any true road games during their nonconference schedule last season, but will travel to Southern Methodist, Clemson and Iowa State in their fourth season under coach Mike Anderson.

“The key is you’ve got to win games,” Anderson said about Arkansas’ nonconference plans last month. “You’ve got to win games. We will continue to play a competitive schedule. I don’t mind playing anybody home-and-home and I think we’ll see that.”

The other SEC/Big 12 Challenges games include games on Dec. 3 (Auburn at Texas Tech), Dec. 4 (LSU at West Virginia, Baylor at Vanderbilt, TCU at Ole Miss), Dec. 5 (Florida at Kansas, Texas at Kentucky, Missouri at Oklahoma) and Dec. 6 (Oklahoma State at South Carolina, Kansas State at Tennessee).

Tip off times for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge will be announced at a later date, but ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 10 games.