St. John's vs Kentucky! Big East-SEC Challenge (Updated)

Lenn Robbins in the New York post reports that the St. John's Red Storm will be participating in this year's Big East/ SEC challenge, matching 12 of the Big East's teams against all 12 of the Southeastern Conference's basketball teams.

And apparently, St. John's must now qualify as prime time television... because they match up with the storied Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday, December 1st.

Whoa.

Robbins reports in the NY Post that the Johnnies will play in Kentucky, facing the extremely talented team with another crop of top-10 prospects to join returnee Terrence Jones and New Yorker Doron Lamb.

Assuming this is a done deal, this is exciting for exposure... but here, I thought Steve Lavin said he wanted to have an easier schedule for his young team?

So far, we know that the Red Storm have a game against Duke on tap, probably at Cameron Indoor Stadium. And the Coaches versus Cancer setup matches the Johnnies against two of Mississippi State, Arizona Wildcats, and Texas A&M. And an improved UCLA Bruins team in Madison Square Garden. That's a crazy schedule...

The full schedule of the Big East/ SEC challenge:

Date Game
Thu, Dec 1 St. John’s at No. 2 Kentucky
Georgetown at No. 14 Alabama
Providence at South Carolina
Mississippi at DePaul
Fri, Dec 2 No. 7 Vanderbilt at No. 9 Louisville
No. 12 Florida at No. 4 Syracuse
No. 19 Cincinnati at Georgia
Auburn at Seton Hall
Sat, Dec 3 Arkansas at No. 6 Connecticut
No. 17 Pittsburgh at Tennessee
West Virginia at Mississippi State
LSU at Rutgers

Paricipating Big East teams: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia.

Not participating: Marquette, Notre Dame, South Florida, Villanova

PS: Robbins also states that Lamont Momo Jones  will also transfer to St. John's. We've touched on Momo Jones coming to St. John's and his pluses and minuses; we will see if this is true and follow up on the story with an updated scholarship chart. Hard to keep all the newcomers straight!

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