The official word comes out later Tuesday on Kentucky’s game against Connecticut in the SEC-Big East Challenge.
The two heavyweights have played only once: in the 2006 NCAA Tournament second round. UConn won 87-83.
Kentucky will play UConn on Dec. 9 in Madison Square Garden. The other game in the doubleheader will have St. John’s playing Georgia.
The other site for the SEC-Big East Challenge this season is Tampa, where Florida will play Syracuse and DePaul will meet Mississippi State.
Connecticut, which went 31-5 in a Final Four run this past season, figures to have three of the Big East Conference’s best players next season. The three are guard Jerome Dyson, who missed the last 12 games of this past season because of a knee injury, point guard Kemba Walker (All-Big East Rookie Team) and forward Stanley Robinson, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Michigan State in the Final Four.
The Huskies add McDonald’s All-American Alex Oriahki (6-9, 245) to cushion the loss of center Hasheem Thabeet to early entry into the NBA.
Alas, a name familiar to followers of recruiting will not be eligible to play for UConn. Ater Majok, a native of Sudan and a high school student from Australia, once was recruited by Kentucky. He sat out last season because he only partially qualified.
Majok, a skilled 6-10 forward, will not be eligible to play until Dec. 20.