Marquette gets early rematch with Florida

Marquette will have an early chance to get a bit of revenge from the team that knocked them out in the Sweet 16 last season.

The university announced Friday that it will head to Florida on Nov. 29 to take on the Gators in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge.

Florida ended Marquette’s season in 2011, beating the Golden Eagles, 68-58, in the Sweet 16. The Gators return every key contributor to last year’s team, except graduated senior Erving Walker.

The competition between the two conferences began in 2007 as the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational and featured four games at off-campus arenas.

In 2011, the conferences agreed to change the format to 12 games over three days starting on the Thursday following Thanksgiving and changed the name to the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge.

This will be just the second time that Marquette has been involved in the challenge, as the Golden Eagles fell to Tennessee in 2008.

The Big East has won two challenges, including the expanded one in 2011. The SEC has won just once, with the two leagues tying twice.