UConn-UK at MSG
As many of you probably already know, UConn will face Kentucky as part of the SEC/Big East Invitational on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. This will be the second time in three seasons that Jim Calhoun and John Calipari square off at MSG; in November, 2007, UConn lost to Calipari's Memphis Tigers.
Anyway, UConn-Kentucky will be part of a doubleheader that night. In the "jayvee" game, Georgia takes on St. John's (ESPN2). The UConn-UK game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Other matchups in the event, on Dec. 10 at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.: DePaul-Mississippi State on ESPN2, followed by Syracuse vs. Florida on ESPN.
Game times for all four matchups will be announced at a later date.
Six of the eight participating teams reached the postseason in 2008-09, with Connecticut, Mississippi State and Syracuse playing in the NCAA Tournament. The Orange made it to the Sweet Sixteen, while the Huskies advanced to the Final Four. Florida and Kentucky played in the NIT, while St. John’s played in the College Basketball Invitational.
Teams invited to participate in the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational are chosen by ESPN in consultation with the conferences and are based on geographic and competitive criteria.
The BIG EAST holds a 5-3 record in the first two years of the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational.
The two conferences have combined to produce four of the last seven NCAA Men's Basketball Champions (Florida - 2007 and 2006; Connecticut - 2004; Syracuse - 2003) and seven of the last 14 national champions (Connecticut - 1999; Kentucky - 1998 and 1996).
Tickets for the 2009 SEC/BIG EAST Invitational are expected to go on sale in early summer. For more information, visit the official Web site: secbigeastinvitational.com.