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Tuesday / December 5.
  • The fourth annual SEC/BIG EAST Invitational will be held Dec. 8 and 11 in Louisville and Pittsburgh.

    The two-night men’s college basketball event begins with a doubleheader Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, featuring Arkansas vs. Seton Hall at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Kentucky vs. Notre Dame at 9:30  on ESPN.

    On Saturday, Dec. 11, at the brand new CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Rutgers will take on Auburn on ESPN2, followed by Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee on ESPN. Game times for the Pittsburgh site will be announced at a later date.

    The addition of David Cox to the Rutgers basketball staff seems to be paying immediate recruiting dividends and could land the Scarlet Knights what one coach calls the Nigerian version of Xavier Henry.

    Daddy Ugbede, 16, is a 6-foot-7, left-handed Nigerian wing in the Class of 2012 who will enroll this fall at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., the alma mater of Georgetown standout Chris Wright.

    “The frontrunners are Rutgers and Kentucky,” said Joe Boncore, Ugbede’s American trainer and also the mentor for 6-9 Georgetown commit Moses Abraham.

    Boncore said he would try and get Ugbede to Rutgers on a visit sometime in July.

    Justin Sofman, who earned a scholarship from Rutgers as a junior in high school, is walking from the game.

    Sofman, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior wing at Monmouth, informed head coach Dave Calloway of the decision on Tuesday after making the choice a day earlier. He says he plans to transfer to Division 3 Ramapo College and not play basketball.

    “I’ve been in limbo between wanting to play and not wanting to play,” Sofman, 21, said by phone. “I always thought I’d get the passion back for it and I never did. I’ve been too consistent with my feelings about it so it’s not an impulsive decision.”

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