Big East Linkage: Georgetown vs. Alabama, St. John's vs. Kentucky Highlight Opening Night Of Big East/SEC Challenge

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Hollis Thompson #1 of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on after a shot against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The SEC-Big East Challenge begins today. Big East Linkage is catching you up on the early coverage of this year's event. There are four games tonight. To see the full schedule of games, click here.

Providence Heads To South Carolina at 7 p.m. (ESPNU): Our friends at The Friar Blog give you a Providence preview. Here's the preview for the Gamecocks from their official athletic site. Providence leads the all-time series 4-3. South Carolina has won the last two meetings (2007, 2001).

St. John's Travels To Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3): Rumble In The Garden previews the game from the St. John's perspective. A Sea Of Blue gives you the Wildcat take on the game in their preview. Kentucky leads the all-time series 10-5. St. John's won the last meeting in 2000.

DePaul Hosts Ole Miss at 9 p.m. (ESPNU): Here's the DePaul preview from their official athletic site. Here's the Ole Miss preview from their official athletic site. The series is tied 1-1. Ole Miss took the last meeting in 2007 at the San Juan Shootout.

Georgetown Goes South To Alabama at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3): Our Georgetown site Casual Hoya talked about the game with SB Nation's Alabama site Roll Bama Roll. Here's the preview from the official Alabama athletic site. Here's the preview from the Georgetown official athletic site. The series is tied 2-2. Georgetown won the last meeting in Birmingham during the 2007-08 incarnation of the Challenge.

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