PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 1, 2012) – The Rutgers University men’s basketball team will play at Mississippi on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the 2012 SEC-BIG EAST Challenge. The contest versus the Rebels will be televised live on the ESPN Network (ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU) at a time to be determined.
The matchup will mark the first meeting on the collegiate hardwood between Rutgers and Ole Miss. Last season, RU had a 14-18 overall record with the nation’s fifth-youngest roster that featured seven freshmen. Twenty of Rutgers’ 31 regular season games were played against teams that received postseason bids. Mississippi posted a 20-14 mark in 2011-12 and earned its third-consecutive NIT berth under head coach Andy Kennedy.
The Scarlet Knights are 1-1 in the SEC-BIG EAST Challenge under head coach Mike Rice. In 2010, the Scarlet Knights defeated Auburn 63-54 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Last season, RU dropped a 55-50 decision to LSU at the RAC.
The SEC-BIG EAST Challenge features 12 games to be played at home sites. Tip times and ESPN network designations are expected to be announced in August. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Marquette plays at Florida, Seton Hall at LSU, Kentucky at Notre Dame and South Carolina at St. John’s. On Nov. 30, Syracuse plays at Arkansas, DePaul at Auburn, Tennessee at Georgetown and Georgia at USF. On Dec. 1, Alabama plays at Cincinnati, Mississippi State at Providence and Villanova at Vanderbilt.