The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications.
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team will face a former conference foe in the 2015-16 Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic. The Cyclones will meet Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 30 in College Station.
The Cyclones andAggieswill be meeting for the 20th time. Texas A&M owns a 10-9 edge in the all-time series, but Iowa State won the last two meetings prior to theAggiesmove to the SEC. The last time the Cyclones played in College Station (Jan. 7, 2012), Royce White finished with 10 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists to record ISU’s fourth triple-double as the visitors earned a 74-50 win.
The Cyclones return four starters from last year’s team that finished 25-9 overall and won its second consecutive Big 12 Tournament title.
Texas A&M went 21-12 last season, advancing to the second round of the NIT. The Aggies were 14-4 at Reed Arena. They return their top three scorers and bring in the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class according to Rivals.com.
The Cyclones beat Arkansas, 95-77, in last year’s challenge at Hilton Coliseum and are 4-2 all-time in challenge games (2-0 vs. Oregon State, 0-2 vs. California, 1-0 vs. Auburn, 1-0 vs. Arkansas).
The Big 12 is 13-7 (.650) in the Challenge, having won the series in each of its first two seasons.
2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge – Saturday, Jan. 30
Georgia at Baylor
Kentucky at Kansas
Mississippi at Kansas State
Tennessee at TCU
Vanderbilt at Texas
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Oklahoma at LSU
Oklahoma State at Auburn
Texas Tech at Arkansas
West Virginia at Florida