Twelve Matchups Set For Second Annual SEC/BIG EAST Challenge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - ESPN has announced the 12 matchups that will be part of the Second Annual SEC/BIG EAST Challenge, which will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2012 at home sites of the participating schools.


The BIG EAST contingent in the Challenge will include Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse and Villanova. Six of the BIG EAST's 12 participating teams reached the NCAA Championship last season. The SEC has four participating teams that reached the NCAA tournament.


The 2012 SEC/BIG EAST Challenge includes the following matchups:


Thursday, November 29
Kentucky at Notre Dame
Marquette at Florida
South Carolina at St. John's
Seton Hall at LSU


Friday, November 30
Syracuse at Arkansas
Tennessee at Georgetown
DePaul at Auburn
Georgia at USF


Saturday, December 1
Alabama at Cincinnati
Villanova at Vanderbilt
Mississippi State at Providence
Rutgers at Mississippi


The BIG EAST took the first SEC/BIG EAST Challenge, winning eight of the 12 games in 2011.