The Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference have introduced the MAC-SBC Challenge, a basketballalliance between the conferences. The scheduling pact is formen’s and women’s basketball and is planned to take place in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons.
The 12 men’s and women’s teams from each conference will play a match at home and away each season against teams of the opposing conference.
The first games of the challenges will be played in early November of 2023, with matchups being determined by NET rankings from pre-season. The second set of games will be played in early February and matchups will be chosen based on the current NET rankings at the end of January. Each team from both conferences is guaranteed one home and one away game each season.
In 2024, the first series will begin on Nov. 8 and conclude Nov. 11, and the second series will take place on Nov. 8.