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SEC planning basketball series with AAC

This could mean matchups with foes such as Houston or Cincinnati in the near future.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Houston vs Kentucky Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC-Big 12 challenge has been a big success the past few seasons allowing for a mid regular season battle between schools from two of the best basketball conferences in the country.

However, it has had one significant flaw. That being the SEC having more schools than the Big 12, which has led to four teams being left out of the challenge.

According to John Rothstein of CBS Sports, the SEC has found a solution for this problem.

Rothstein tweeted out Thursday that the four SEC teams not involved in the challenge will be paired with a foe from the American Athletic beginning next season.

The main reason for this is to help teams earn more Quadrant I and II wins in order to improve NCAA Tournament odds.

This is more beneficial for the AAC, which often has quality teams snubbed from the tournament due to not being a Power 5 conference.

While Kentucky will likely be paired with an opponent from the Big 12 such as Kansas or West Virginia, there would still be some potentially great matchups if they were left out.

Successful programs such as Cincinnati, Houston, UCONN, UCF and Memphis all play in the AAC and will now be able to get more chances at the SEC.

How fun would it be for Kentucky to match up with Penny Hardaway or have a chance to avenge the 2014 national championship loss to UCONN?

Time will tell if we will get to find out.