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Auburn Basketball to play in SEC- Big East Challenge

Auburn basketball will play host to DePaul in the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge on Friday, Nov. 30, at Auburn Arena, the first time this event has been played in Auburn. The 12-game SEC/Big East Challenge features four games each of the three days from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

This marks the first game in history between Auburn and DePaul. DePaul finished 12-19 overall and 3-15 in the Big East Conference last season, while losing to Ole Miss 70-68 in last year's Big East/SEC Challenge.

In its only other home game in Auburn Arena against a Big East Conference team, Auburn defeated eventual NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 South Florida 52-40 last year.

The 2012 Challenge begins on Thursday, Nov. 29, with South Carolina at St. John's, Seton Hall at LSU, Kentucky at Notre Dame and Marquette at Florida. On Nov. 30, Auburn will play host to DePaul, Georgia at South Florida, Tennessee at Georgetown and Syracuse at Arkansas. On Dec. 1, Mississippi State plays at Providence, Rutgers at Ole Miss, Alabama at Cincinnati and Villanova at Vanderbilt.

For the 2013 SEC/Big East Challenge, this year's SEC home teams will play on the road against a different opponent and vice versa for this year's SEC road teams.

This marks the fourth time and third consecutive year that Auburn has played in the SEC/Big East Challenge. The Tigers lost at Seton Hall last year, lost to Rutgers in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2010 and lost to West Virginia in 2007 in the BJCC Arena in Birmingham.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games in the three-day event. Times and networks for the games will be announced later this summer.

This is the sixth year that the SEC and Big East have played each other as a part of an in-season. 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. The event was titled the Big East/SEC Challenge in 2011.

 INFORMATION SOURCE: AU Athletics Dept.

2011 BIG EAST/SEC CHALLENGE

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