Tide Vs. Cincinnati In SEC Vs. Big East

The University of Alabama men's basketball team will face Cincinnati in the 2012 edition of the SEC/Big East Challenge.



The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Cincinnati Bearcats in Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The time and ESPN Network will be determined at a later date.

The Tide and the Bearcats have met twice before on the hardwood with each team winning once. The last meeting resulted in a 77-74 overtime loss on Dec. 22, 2000, in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The only other meeting was a 83-64 Alabama win on Nov. 28, 1983, in Tuscaloosa.

Cincinnati enters the 2012-13 season after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and posting a 26-11 record. The Crimson Tide is fresh off an NCAA appearance of its own after going 21-12 in 2011-12.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the three-day event. This is the sixth year that the SEC and Big East have played each other as a part of an in-season event. Previously known as the SEC/Big East Invitational, the first four years of the event (2007-10) featured four matchups between the two conferences from two neutral sites. The 12-team event was titled the Big East/SEC Challenge in 2011.

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