Josh Jones here with a Tampa Bay Sports update! On Thursday, Dec. 10, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, DePaul will take on Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by Syracuse vs. Florida at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Drawing the national spotlight will be the Syracuse vs Florida matchup, which MSN ranks as #19 on the top 25 non-conference games to look out for this upcoming season.
MSN also has ranked the Gators #25 in its pre-season top 25 poll and Syracuse received a mention as a team to watch.
Florida and Syracuse are meeting for the third time in the last five years with each team having a victory (UF in 2005 and Syracuse in 2008). Syracuse leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-1.
The Gators will be making their fifth appearance in the building since 2003. UF reached the Second Round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum, picked up non-conference wins in 2006 and 2007 and reached the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at the building in March.
The night will open with the DePaul Blue Demons taking on the defending SEC tournament champion Mississippi State Bulldogs, who also received a mention by MSN as another team to watch.
Fans who wish to attend the Dec.10 doubleheader at St. Pete Times Forum can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone by calling the St. Pete Times Forum box office at (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices are $40, $25 and $15.
For more information on the tournament, please visit www.secbigeastinvitational.com, and stay tuned for more Tampa Bay area events from your Tampa Bay team!