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Texas to play LSU in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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Shaka Smart will face off against his former assistant in Austin in January.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The September tilt between the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers on the gridiron won’t be the only matchup featuring the two schools, as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported on Tuesday that the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for 2020 will take place in Austin and pit the Horns against the Tigers:

On Thursday, Texas officially confirmed the matchup, which will occur on Jan. 25 in Austin. The two schools haven’t faced on the hardwood since Texas beat LSU in overtime in Houston in 2006. The Tigers lead the all-time series 19-11, but haven’t faced the Horns at the Erwin Center since 1997, a Texas victory.

The Longhorns are 3-3 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge overall entering its seventh season, winning all three games in Austin and losing all three games on the road.

The game will take on some added importance because it will feature Texas head coach Shaka Smart going against a former assistant in LSU’s Will Wade. The two first worked together when Smart was an assistant and Wade was a graduate assistant at Clemson in 2006 and 2007. When Smart took the VCU job, he hired Wade as his assistant, with Wade eventually replacing Smart in Richmond when Smart came to Austin.

Now the two will face off as coaches of major college programs.