Oct. 12, 2010
Tickets for the fourth annual DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, including two games at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, are on sale.
The two-night men's college basketball tournament takes place in two cities, with a doubleheader Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Louisville followed by a doubleheader Saturday, Dec. 11, in Pittsburgh. The schedule at Consol Energy Center will feature Auburn taking on Rutgers at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by Tennessee facing Pittsburgh at 3 p.m.
Fans who wish to attend the Dec.11 doubleheader at Consol Energy Center can purchase tickets online at www.Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or the Consol Energy Center box office at 412-642-1800. Prices are $50, 40, $25 and $15. Additional fees and tax will apply.
ESPN2 will televise Auburn vs. Rutgers on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m. ET, while ESPN will feature Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh at 3 p.m. Also part of the event is a Dec. 8 doubleheader at Freedom Hall in Louisville, featuring Seton Hall vs. Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by Notre Dame vs. Kentucky at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Teams invited to participate in the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational are chosen by ESPN in consultation with the conferences and are based on geographic and competitive criteria.
Five of the eight participating teams reached the postseason in 2009-10, with Kentucky and Tennessee advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight. Pittsburgh and Notre Dame also played in the NCAA Tournament, while Seton Hall played in the NIT.
The BIG EAST holds a 7-5 record in the first three years of the DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational. The two conferences have combined to produce four of the last eight NCAA Men's Basketball Champions (Florida - 2007 and 2006; Connecticut - 2004; Syracuse - 2003) and seven of the last 15 national champions (Connecticut - 1999; Kentucky - 1998 and 1996).
ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. - SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC).
ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events, including collegiate football events: the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas); Birmingham Bowl; MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston); the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards; collegiate basketball events: the 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Cancun Governor's Cup; Charleston Classic (S.C.); DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational; Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); All-College Basketball Classic (Oklahoma City) and BracketBusters; as well as the new ESPNU Warrior Classic (Lacrosse) and the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway. For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.