BATON ROUGE - The ESPN family of networks has announced the game time and television network for each of the 12 games in the inaugural Big East/SEC Challenge, an early-season three-day men's basketball event that matches 12 teams from each of the two premier conferences.
The games are set for Dec. 1-3 with coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. All 12 games will be played home sites with each conference hosting six games a year. SEC Teams will alternate home and away games. Twelve of the 16 Big East teams (17 next year) will participate each year. The event title will alternate to the SEC/Big East Challenge in 2012.
LSU will play on the final day of this year's Challenge, Saturday, Dec. 3, at Rutgers and ESPN has announced the game will tip at 6 p.m. CST on ESPNU. It will be the 11th of the 12-game series that concludes later in the evening with West Virginia at Mississippi State.
The games on Dec. 1 are Providence at South Carolina; St. John's at Kentucky; Mississippi at DePaul; and, Georgetown at Alabama. The Dec. 2 contests will find Florida at Syracuse, Cincinnati at Georgia, Vanderbilt at Louisville and Auburn at Seton Hall. The other two Dec. 3 games will be Arkansas at UConn and Pittsburgh at Tennessee.
The new Challenge marks an expansion and modification of the SEC/Big East Invitational that featured four matchups between the two conferences from neutral sites from 2007-10. Over the four year, the conferences which each won eight games over the four years - split the series in 2008 and 2009 and each won one (SEC in 2010 and Big East in 2007).