Although six of the games will be played in the Southeast and six will be played in
New England the East the northeast the hodgepodge of a geographic footprint that constitutes "Big East country" (which soon will be getting even weirder with the addition of TCU), the Fox Hounds will be the only SEC squad hosting a Big East opponent on Friday, December 2, when the Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, and Vanderbilt Commodores all will play their foes on the road. Georgia, on the other hand, will welcome the Cincinnati Bearcats to Stegeman Coliseum.
The Bearcats and the Bulldogs have never before met on the hardwood, and both clubs received at-large bids to this year’s NCAA Tournament. While the Red and Black lose players to graduation and the NBA Draft, however, Cincinnati brings back its top four scorers from last season.
Hopefully, this will be the opening event of a weekend-long basketball-football doubleheader, as the SEC Championship Game will be played in the Georgia Dome the following day, on December 3. Of course, that hope depends upon (a) Mark Richt’s team winning the SEC East and (b) the Bearcats not pulling out of the game when they learn Mark Fox’s team doesn’t have Midwestern flavor, but, hey, we can dream, right?
In the four-year history of the Big East/SEC Challenge, each league has posted an 8-8 record against the other.