Iowa State set to face Mississippi State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Mar 7, 2020; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Ben Howland reacts with players after defeating the Ole Miss Rebels at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team will travel to Mississippi State for a Saturday, Jan. 30 SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup, announced today by both conferences.

The SEC/Big 12 Challenge is in its eighth season. Iowa State owns a 3-4 mark in the challenge, falling at Auburn last season by four points. This will be the fifth road game in the challenge in Steve Prohm’s six seasons coaching the Cyclones.

The Cyclones and Bulldogs have met just twice, with MSU winning the previous meetings in 1978 and 1979.

Mississippi State, in its sixth year under head coach Ben Howland, went 21-11 overall and 11-7 in SEC play last season. The Bulldogs have posted three consecutive 20-plus win seasons.

2021 SEC/Big 12 Challenge – Saturday, January 30
Auburn at Baylor  
Iowa State at Mississippi State 
Kansas at Tennessee 
Texas A&M at Kansas State  
Alabama at Oklahoma 
Arkansas at Oklahoma State 
TCU at Missouri
Texas at Kentucky
Texas Tech at LSU 
Florida at West Virginia

Iowa State In The SEC/Big 12 Challenge (3-4)

12/2/13 – Ames, Iowa – No. 17 ISU 99, Auburn 70

12/4/14 – Ames, Iowa – No. 20 ISU 95, No. 18 Arkansas 77

1/30/16 – College Station, Texas – No. 5 Texas A&M 72, No. 14 ISU 62

1/28/17 – Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt 84, ISU 78

1/27/18 – Ames, Iowa – No. 22 Tennessee 68, ISU 45

1/26/19 – Oxford, Miss. – No. 24 ISU 87, No. 20 Mississippi 73

1/25/20 – Auburn, Ala. – No. 16 Auburn 80, ISU 76

Jared Stansbury


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.