Ole Miss Will Face DePaul In 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge
Reginald Buckner (photo by Joey Brent)

May 19, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge slate was announced Thursday, including a matchup between Andy Kennedy’s Ole Miss Rebels and the DePaul Blue Demons on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Chicago.

It will be the third matchup all-time between the two schools. They last met at the 2007 San Juan Shootout when Ole Miss earned a 69-63 victory on its way to the tournament title. DePaul beat the Rebels 75-67 in the third round of the 1983 NIT.

The Southeastern Conference will match up against the Big East Conference for 12 games over three days in early December for the Big East/SEC Challenge. Every SEC member will be a part of the event, while 12 of the 16 Big East schools will participate. Six of the games will be played at SEC home arenas, while six will be played at home facilities for Big East schools. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the three-day event.

Last year the SEC finished with a 3-1 record in the annual event. Arkansas and Kentucky earned victories over Seton Hall and No. 23 Notre Dame, respectively, in Louisville, Ky. Tennessee upset No. 3 Pittsburgh while Auburn fell to Rutgers at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. In the event of a 6-6 tie this year, the Challenge trophy will remain with the conference that won the previous year.

This is the fifth year that the SEC and Big East have played each other as a part of an in-season event with the overall series tied 8-8. Previously known as the SEC/Big East Invitational, the first four years of the event (2007-2010) featured four matchups between the two conferences from two neutral sites.

Ole Miss last played in the event in December 2008, when the Rebels fell to Louisville in Cincinnati.

The event title will alternate to the SEC/Big East Challenge in 2012 and be played Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1. SEC teams will alternate home and away games.

2011 BIG EAST/SEC CHALLENGE
(times and networks are to be determined)

Thursday, Dec. 1
Georgetown at Alabama
Providence at South Carolina
St. John’s at Kentucky
Ole Miss at DePaul

Friday, Dec. 2
Auburn at Seton Hall
Florida at Syracuse
Cincinnati at Georgia
Vanderbilt at Louisville

Saturday, Dec. 3
Arkansas at Connecticut
West Virginia at Mississippi State
LSU at Rutgers
Pittsburgh at Tennessee


 

 

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