SEC/Big East Challenge Day One Preview

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIDecember 1, 2011

SEC/Big East Challenge Day One Preview

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    Starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday, the Big East and the SEC will do battle. Four games will be played on Thursday with four more on Friday and Saturday. This series started in 2007. From 2007 until this year, the series was always four games. ESPN talked both conferences into a 12-game slate over three days. 

    Each conference has won eight games apiece in the series. Kentucky and Tennessee are the only teams to win two games in the series with Auburn losing twice. Every Big East squad has only played one time.

    The games used to be played at neutral sites. No longer each conference will host six games apiece.

Game #1 Providence @ South Carolina

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    Providence is 5-2 overall and is averaging  70.9 points per game. The Friars are lead by Vincent Council (18.0ppg), Gerard Coleman (16.7 ppg), Bryce Cotton (14.6 ppg) and LaDontae Henton (11.4 ppg).

    South Carolina is 2-4 overall and is averaging 62.3 points per game. The Gamecocks are lead by Malik Cooke (11.5 ppg). Cooke is the only Gamecock averaging double figures in points. 

    South Carolina should have an edge playing at home but with their lack of offense winning will be hard.

    Providence wins 73-65. Big East up 1-0.

Game # 2 St. John's @ Kentucky

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    St. John's enters this contest scoring only 70.0 points per game. The Red Storm are 4-3 on the year. They are lead by Nurideen Lindsey (14.4 ppg), D'Angelo Harrison (14.3 ppg), Moe Harkless (14.1 ppg) and God'sgift Achiuwa (11.3 ppg).

    Kentucky is the No. 1 team in the country. At 6-0 they Wildcats are averaging 84.2 points per game. Freshman and Sophomores are the key for the Wildcats. Kentucky has five players averaging in double figures. They are Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.

    Kentucky should win this game easily. The Red Storm will not be able to stay with the Wildcats face pace of playing.  

    Kentucky wins 87-64.  SEC/Big East challenge tied at 1-1.

Game #3 Ole Miss at Depaul

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    Senior Terrance Henry will lead the Ole Miss Rebels into Allstate Arena for a matchup with Depaul. The Rebels are 5-1 on the young season because of the leadership of Henry. Henry's 12.2 ppg leads the club. Dundrecous Nelson and Murphy Holloway also average double figures for the Rebels.

    Depaul is 4-1 on the season. The Blue Demons are lead by Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young, both are averaging over 18 ppg. The Blue Demons can score, they are averaging 80.0 points per game.

    This game will be the best of the night. Depaul's offense vs Ole Miss's defense. I will go with the home team.

    Depaul wins 73-71.  Big East up 2-1.

Game #4 Georgetown @ Alabama

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    Alabama will host the Georgetown Hoyas in a great game. Alabama is surprising every one with their stellar play. Coach Grant has the Tide looking at a top 10 ranking. At 7-0 Alabama is lead by JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell. Both of these players could be player of the year prospects for the SEC.

    Georgetown is no slouch at 5-1. The Hoyas only lose coming against Kansas in a close game. Georgetown is lead by Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson. The Hoyas are ranked 23rd in the country in scoring.

    Classic battle here. Alabama's stingy defense against the Hoyas offense. I just Alabama here, playing at home and that defense drives them to the win.

    Alabama 69-Georgetown 61.

    After Day one Series tied 2-2.