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2012 SEC-Big East Challenge Set

Kentucky's trip to Notre Dame headlines Day 1 of the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge.
Kentucky's trip to Notre Dame headlines Day 1 of the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge.

The second annual SEC/Big East Challenge has been set, and there are some potentially good match ups in there. Tip off times are still TBA this far out, but here is the schedule:

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 South Florida

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Alabama at Cincinnati

Villanova at Vanderbilt

Mississippi State at Providence

Rutgers at Ole Miss

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As expected, the newbies Texas A&M and Missouri are not participating just yet.

Thursday is the headlining day from this conference's perspective thanks to being the day that Kentucky is playing. It should be a good matchup with Notre Dame, which is generally a tougher out in the regular season than postseason. Florida-Marquette will be a rematch their Sweet 16 matchup from this year's tournament. Tennessee-Georgetown is the most intriguing game to me on the second day. The Vols came on strong in the second half of last year, so this will be a big early season test to see just how much carries over. Alabama and Vanderbilt are the SEC's headliners in Day 3, and both will be dealing with losses of many important players.

The Big East won last year's challenge eight games to four.