Hoops: RU to Host LSU, Play in Cancun

Rutgers released a portion of its 2011-12 schedule today, announcing it will host LSU in the Big East/SEC Challenge and also unveiling its schedule for the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge. Also, Rutgers had discussions about playing in few other tournaments in the coming years.

Rutgers will host LSU in the Big East/SEC Challenge, and will play either Illinois or Richmond in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge in the upcoming season, according to a pair scheduling announcements by the school.

Furthermore, sources told ScarletReport.com there have been discussions about the Scarlet Knights playing in a tournament in Hawaii (not the Maui Invitational) in 2012-13, and in the preseason NIT in 2013-14.

As for the upcoming season, LSU will visit the Rutgers Athletic Center on Dec. 3, and be broadcast on one of the ESPN family of networks.

"These tournaments not only upgrade our non-conference schedule, they also provide intriguing match-ups for our fan base to enjoy," Rutgers coach Mike Rice said. "It's very exciting to welcome a SEC opponent with the storied history of LSU into our building."

Rutgers participation in the Cancun Challenge actually begins Nov. 17 when Sacred Heart visits the RAC. The Scarlet Knights will also host Hampton (Nov. 20) before heading to the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun to play Illinois State (Nov. 22) and either Illinois or Richmond a night later.

"In the Cancun Challenge, we have the opportunity to play an NCAA Tournament team at home in Hampton before meeting an opponent that advanced in this year's tournament in either Illinois or Richmond," Rice said. "We hope to have many of our die-hard fans with us in Cancun over the Thanksgiving holiday to support us.

"As we continue to build our program, the goal is to gradually improve the quality of our non-league schedule so that we develop a better resume for postseason consideration."

ScarletReport.com previously reported Rutgers' inclusion in the Cancun Challenge.

Big East/SEC Challenge other games:
St. John's plays at Kentucky (Dec. 1)
Providence at South Carolina (Dec. 1)
Georgetown at Alabama (Dec. 1)
Mississippi at DePaul (Dec. 1)
Cincinnati at Georgia (Dec. 2)
Florida at Syracuse (Dec. 2)
Auburn at Seton Hall (Dec. 2)
Vanderbilt at Louisville (Dec. 2)
Arkansas at Connecticut (Dec. 3)
Pittsburgh at Tennessee (Dec. 3)
West Virginia at Mississippi State (Dec. 3)

The Cancun Challenge field
Illinois State
Sacred Heart
Southern Illinois

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