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Louisville Not Participating In Big East/SEC Challenge

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Joining Pittsburgh and Connecticut, Louisville will be one of three Big East schools not participating in this year's Big East/SEC Challenge. The league reportedly informed U of L of the situation well in advance of Friday's schedule release.

The second annual edition of the event will be highlighted by Kentucky's trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame, as well as a high-profile clash between Florida and Marquette.

The Fighting Irish have made the Joyce Center one of the toughest places to play in college basketball in recent years, and a nationally-ranked Notre Dame squad playing host to John Calipari's new crop of Wildcats should be solid November fun. The contrast in styles between Mike Brey's "Burn Offense" and Calipari's "Dribble-Drive" also figures to be fascinating.

Marquette and Florida will be a rematch of a Sweet 16 clash from last season. Both squads will again be guard-heavy, meaning the tempo should please the average viewer.

The event will take place from Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1. All 12 games will be played at campus sites, with six teams from each conference playing host. Every contest will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

New SEC members Missouri and Texas A&M won't participate in the event.

The full schedule for the event is as follows:

Thurs., Nov. 29

Kentucky at Notre Dame
Marquette at Florida
South Carolina at St. John's
Seton Hall at LSU

Fri., Nov. 30

Syracuse at Arkansas
Tennessee at Georgetown
DePaul at Auburn
Georgia at South Florida

Sat., Dec. 1

Alabama at Cincinnati
Villanova at Vanderbilt
Mississippi State at Providence
Rutgers at Mississippi

The Big East dominated the SEC in 2011, winning eight of the 12 contests played.

It's disappointing that the Cards aren't getting another high-profile non-conference opponent like Florida, but outside of the Gators or UK or Missouri, the league really doesn't appear to have much to offer next season. It's also comforting to know that the staff wasn't blindsided by this, and has planned accordingly.