Iowa State set to play Arkansas in SEC/Big 12 Challenge


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Sophomore forward Georges Niang practices his inside shot. The Iowa State men’s basketball team had an open practice Thursday, March 20 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

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Iowa State will play Arkansas next season as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge the two conferences announced Wednesday. 

The Cyclones, who played Auburn as part of the challenge last season at Hilton Coliseum, will take on the Razorbacks at Hilton during the 2014-15 season when they travel to Ames on Thursday, Dec. 4. 

The challenge this season will take place from Dec. 3-6, with all 10 games appearing on ESPN networks. Start times and networks carrying the games will be announced at a later date. 

Iowa State last played Arkansas in 1999 in the Big Island Invitational and has played the Razorbacks four times in school history with a 3-1 record. Against Auburn last season in the challenge, the Cyclones cruised to a 99-70 victory. 

The Cyclones will be coming off their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance next season while the Razorbacks will enter the season after an NIT appearance where they advanced to the second round.