SEC/Big East Challenge Set to Tip Off
Over the past few year’s the Big East Conference has arguably been the best conference in all of college basketball, and the SEC not quite so much. However, with Big East teams leaving the conference left and right, does the SEC have a chance in this challenge?
Before we get into that, let’s take a look at all of the games between these two conferences over the next couple of days.
Thursday, November 29
7:00 p.m. ET: Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Kentucky, ESPN2
7:30 p.m. ET: St. John’s vs. South Carolina, ESPNU
9:00 p.m. ET: Marquette vs. No. 7 Florida, ESPN2
9:30 p.m. ET: Seton Hall vs. LSU, ESPNU
Friday, November 30
6:30 p.m. ET: No. 20 Georgetown vs. Tennessee, ESPN
7:00 p.m. ET: South Florida vs. Georgia, ESPN
8:30 p.m. ET: Arkansas vs. No. 6 Syracuse, ESPN
9:00 p.m. ET: Auburn vs. DePaul, ESPNU
Saturday, December 1
12:00 p.m. ET: Providence vs. Mississippi State, ESPNU
2:00 p.m. ET: Mississippi vs. Rutgers, ESPNU
3:00 p.m. ET: No. 17 Cincinnati vs. Alabama, ESPN2
5:00 p.m. ET: Vanderbilt vs. Villanova, ESPN2
Luckily for the SEC, the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals and the Connecticut Huskies won’t even be in this challenge. However, the No. 16 Missouri Tigers also won’t be playing a Big East school, which is the SEC’s arguably third best team. Suprisingly enough, there will not be a battle between two top 25 teams in the challenge.
There are only five ranked teams slated to play in the No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats, No. 7 Florida Gators, No. 20 Georgetown Hoyas, No. 6 Syracuse Orange and No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats. All five of those teams will be playing unranked opponents, so you would expect them to win, but upsets happen since we are talking about college basketball here.
So realistically, this challenge will come down to the unranked teams. However, there will be very intriguing matchups in this one.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Kentucky game will feature two of the best bigs in all of college basketball, with Jack Cooley and Nerlens Noel taking the court. Georgetown and the Tennessee Volunteers will meet in a game that has upset written all over it. Cincinnati will take on an Alabama Crimson Tide team that is off to a very hot start at 6-0. And I think you get the point.
Both of these conference have plenty of depth this year, which should make for a great challenge.
As always, some players to watch in this contest will be as followed:
Kenny Boynton, Florida
B.J. Young, Arkansas
Trevor Releford, Alabama
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky
Bryce Cotton, Providence
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Otto Porter, Georgetown
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