DePaul to Face Mississippi St in Invitational

The DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team has been scheduled to appear in the 2009 SEC/Big East Invitational on Thursday, December 10th in Tampa, Florida.

DePaul will square off against the SEC's Mississippi State Bulldogs at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa as part of two double-headers featuring games between the two leagues.

This will be the third annual SEC/Big East Invitational and DePaul's first appearance and Mississippi State's second straight appearance in the event. The event rotates between schools in the 16-team Big East versus the 12-team SEC.

The event, which is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television will be aired over two nights on ESPN and ESPN2.

The Big East leads the series 5-3. The two conferences split the Invitational at 2-2 in 2008, with Tennessee defeating Marquette, Vanderbilt beating South Florida, Cincinnati taking down Mississippi State, and Louisville triumphing over Mississippi.

Mississippi State is coming off a 23-13 season that featured them winning the SEC Tournament and advancing to a 13-seed in the NCAA tournament. While, the Blue Demons are coming off a 9-24 season.

This will be the second meeting between the two schools. DePaul and Mississippi State last met on December, 28, 1988 in the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans, where the Blue Demons squeaked out a 62-60 win.

Tickets for the 2009 SEC/BIG East Invitational will go on sale early this summer. For more information, visit

The matchups for the event are as follows:

Wednesday, December 9th - Madison Square Garden - New York City

St. John's vs. Georgia (ESPN2)
Connecticut vs. Kentucky (ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 10th - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, Florida

DePaul vs. Mississippi State (ESPN2)
Syracuse vs. Florida (ESPN)

*Game times for all four matchups will be announced at a later date.

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