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Florida will face Marquette again in 2012 basketball season

Florida fans will get to see a rematch of the Gators' 2012 NCAA Sweet 16 game during the upcoming season. Well, sort of.

The Gators and Marquette are scheduled to meet on Nov. 29 as part of the second annual SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. The Gators defeated Marquette to advance to the play Louisville in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in Phoenix this past season.

The event will run from Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1, and will include defending national champion Kentucky at Notre Dame and last season’s BIG EAST regular-season champion Syracuse at Arkansas.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the event.

For the second straight year, all 12 games will be played at home sites with each conference hosting six games. Marquette, Notre Dame, South Florida and Villanova will participate in the event for the first time. All 12 SEC teams played in last year’s Challenge.

The field of 24 consists of 10 teams from the 2012 NCAA Tournament: six from the BIG EAST (Cincinnati, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, South Florida and Syracuse) and four from the SEC (Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt).

[Last modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 11:14am]


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