Thursday, January 31, 2008

Big Least

The Rebels and Dog$ are among those listed to play in the SEC/Big East challenge next year. Andy Kennedy will return to his former employer Cincinnati to play against a Rick Patino coached Louisville team.

Those that dogged the Rebels non conference scheduling this year, will have to shut up come next year. As it is my understanding the Rebels will be playing Louisville, West Viriginia, and I could be wrong but I think Memphis comes back into the equation next year also.

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPN Regional Television, in conjunction with the BIG EAST Conference and the Southeastern Conference, announced Thursday the eight men’s college basketball teams, including the 22nd-ranked Ole Miss Rebels, that will represent the two conferences in the second annual SEC/BIG EAST Invitational.

The 2008 SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, an ERT owned and operated event that features four games over two nights, will be played Dec. 16 at Nashville’s Sommet Center and Dec. 18 at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2. The annual event matches four teams from the BIG EAST Conference against four teams from the Southeastern Conference.

Tennessee, presently ranked No. 8 nationally, No. 18 Vanderbilt, No. 22 Ole Miss and No. 25 Mississippi State will represent the SEC, while No. 16 Marquette, Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida will represent the BIG EAST.

On Dec. 16 in Nashville, Vanderbilt will face South Florida while Marquette squares off with Tennessee. On Dec. 18 in Cincinnati, Mississippi State will face Cincinnati and Ole Miss will play Louisville.