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Crisis averted: Syracuse will play Arkansas

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a question

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a question during media availability. (March 16, 2012) Credit: AP

Order has been restored.

Trouble was brewing last week when Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross was quoted in an email saying the Orange was overcommitted and might not be able to play at Arkansas as part of the SEC-BIG EAST Challenge.

The trouble was averted as Gross issued a statement confirming the matchup.

"We discussed our concerns regarding Syracuse's participation in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge with the conference and have come to an agreement on the logistics of the game," said Gross. "The BIG EAST Conference will work with us to assist in our on-conference scheduling for the 2012-13 season."

Had Syracuse pulled out of its game against Arkansas, it would've sent off fireworks all throughout the Big East and SEC. Speculation had run rampant that Syracuse's reluctance to play Arkansas stemmed from the Big East's refusal to let it out of the conference a year early.

Now that the Orange will play the Razorbacks, it's all moot now.

The three-day, SEC/BIG EAST schedule includes the following matchups:

Thursday, November 29
Marquette at Florida
Seton Hall at LSU
Kentucky at Notre Dame
South Carolina at St. John's

Friday, November 30
Syracuse at Arkansas
DePaul at Auburn
Tennessee at Georgetown
Georgia at South Florida

Saturday, December 1
Alabama at Cincinnati
Rutgers at Mississippi
Mississippi State at Providence
Villanova at Vanderbilt

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