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Vanderbilt to play Oklahoma in 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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We’re actually a little surprised that we’re playing in this, to be honest.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Oklahoma Sooners vs Rhode Island Rams Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The matchups are set for the sixth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge on the basketball court, and to our surprise, Vanderbilt is not one of the four teams left out of it.

The Commodores will play the Oklahoma Sooners in the event, which will take place on January 26, 2019. The game will be played at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma ended the 2017-18 season with a 18-14 record and lost to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but the Sooners lose freshman guard Trae Young — who led the country in points and assists per game — to the NBA Draft.

Vanderbilt and Oklahoma have played just twice before on the hardwood. The first matchup was on December 10, 1955, a 78-69 Vanderbilt win at Memorial Gym. The most recent matchup came on March 16, 1994, in the first round of the NIT -- Vanderbilt won that game 77-67. The 2019 matchup will be the first game that Vanderbilt has ever played in Norman.

Vanderbilt’s nonconference schedule for next season is still something of a mystery; the Commodores will return home-and-homes as USC and Kansas State, and they’ll host Arizona State as the second leg of a home-and-home. Now we know another piece, but there are still about nine games or so to be determined.