Wednesday, April 22, 2009

UConn-UK at MSG

Back from vacation in the Carribbean ... very nice. Would recommend Grand Cayman for anyone (though the restaurants, etc., are pretty expensive). Off to see Bruce Springsteen tonight.

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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Shamps said...

Dave, what did you think of the Bruce show? I was there. I've seen Bruce 10 times, that was the best show i've seen, but maybe thats cause I was in the PIT 10 feet from Bruce.

3:54 PM 
Blogger David Borges said...

Great show. This was the first time I had ever seen Bruce. Went with two Bruce fanatics who wanted to convert me, and this show certainly helped. I loved the spontanaity of it -- "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones! Are you kidding me! That was great, as was Max Weinberg's son drumming, the Dropkick Murphys onstage and the energy and vibe of the whole show. I wish the set list had been different ("Growin' Up", "Trapped" and "Brilliant Disguise" are my fav Bruce songs), but otherwise, a GREAT show.

Oh, and our seats were boss, too. We were about eight rows up, parallel to the front of the stage on the left-hand side.

6:01 PM 

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