NCAA Basketball Schedule, TV Times And More: Pitt And West Virginia To Be Tested In 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge

PITTSBURGH PA - DECEMBER 11: Brad Wanamaker #22 of the Pittsburgh Panthers tried to maneuver through three Tennessee Volunteers during the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational at Consol Energy Center on December 11 2010 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.The Volunteers defeated the Panthers 83-76. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Both Pitt and West Virginia will be tested on Saturday evening in their matchups with Tennessee and Mississippi State respectively. The games are part of the 2011 Big East / SEC Challenge.

The weekend is upon us, which means it's time for some rest, relaxation and a healthy dose of sports. On the college basketball hardwood, two regional teams are in action as part of the Big East - SEC challenge. Let's take a look.

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (6-1) at TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-3)

For the No. 17 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers, a road test in Knoxville against the young Tennessee Volunteers awaits on Saturday afternoon. Winners of their past four, Jamie Dixon's squad will play on the road for just the second time this season, their lone other away game coming last week against Penn. Tennessee is still picking up the pieces left by the Bruce Pearl fallout, but new head coach Cuonzo Martin has the Vols playing hard. They've played down to their competition, most recently in a loss at Oakland, but they also hung tough with Duke and Memphis, narrowly losing both. The Panthers will have to protect the ball well and not allow the Vols' frenetic pace to get them out of sync.

Game time: Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:15 PM

Where:Thompson-Boiling Arena, Knoxville, TN

Broadcast information: ESPN

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WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS (4-1) at MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (6-1)

Later Saturday night, West Virginia takes the court looking to extend its winning streak to four games. Doing so will require winning on the road against a physical and talented Mississippi State team. The Bulldogs have won six straight, and are ranked No. 21 this week for their impressive start to the season.

Game time: Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 9:00 PM EST

Where:Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, MS

Broadcast information: ESPNU

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