Iowa State to visit Vanderbilt in Big 12/SEC Challenge

Iowa State will have one of the marquee matchups of the Big 12/SEC Challenge again next season. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on Monday afternoon that the Cyclones will square off with Vanderbilt in Nashville next season.


The Commodores finished 19-14 last season, 11-7 in the SEC, and lost to Wichita State in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament. Their SEC slate was highlighted by wins over Texas A&M and Kentucky.

They return most of their rotation from last season including top scorers Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones.

The Wildcats will host Kansas for the second year in a row following up last season’s matchup in Lawrence. Oklahoma hosting Florida, Oklahoma State hosting Arkansas, West Virginia hosting Texas A&M and Georgia hosting Texas will be among the other top games.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.