Villanova forward Shane Clark underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his troublesome left knee, which had hampered him for much of the basketball season.

The surgery was designed to alleviate pain for Clark, a 6-foot-7 Cardinal Dougherty graduate.

Clark played all 33 games in his sophomore season, averaging 7.4 points and four rebounds.

"This is a minor surgery that should allow Shane to be right back at 100 percent within a couple of weeks," Villanova Coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "I know he is excited about working hard on his game this off-season."

Clark's season started out with a bang. He scored a career-high 17 points against Xavier at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands in November. But, with the increase of knee pain, which was described as tendinitis through the season, Clark's productivity decreased.

New opponent. Villanova also announced that it will face Louisiana State in the Big East/Southeast Conference Invitational on Dec. 6.

The inaugural event will feature a doubleheader at the Wachovia Center that also includes a meeting between South Carolina and Providence.

The invitational will be aired on ESPN and is expected to showcase four teams from each conference over the next four years.

The other doubleheader in the 2007-08 season is expected to be West Virginia-Auburn and Georgetown-Alabama at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Alabama.

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