ESPN Announces Brackets for College Basketball Events

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ESPN Announces Brackets for College Basketball Events

ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced the 2011 matchups of its five owned and operated men’s college basketball events: Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant; Puerto Rico Tip-Off; 76 Classic; Old Spice Classic; and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The schedule for each event is listed by date below, and all games will be aired in high definition.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off, played at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan, will take place Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 17, 18 & 20. The fifth annual tip-off will include Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Purdue, Temple, Western Michigan and Wichita State. The tournament features a highly competitive field with seven of the eight teams having advanced to postseason play. ESPNU will televise five games, while ESPN2 will carry three, including the championship contest.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.PuertoRicoTipoff.com.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 17 10:30 a.m. Temple vs. Western Michigan ESPNU
1 p.m. Purdue vs. Iona ESPNU
5 p.m. Maryland vs. Alabama ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Wichita State vs. Colorado ESPNU
Fri, Nov 18 1 p.m. Game 5 (Semifinal #1) ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Game 6
6:30 p.m. Game 7
9 p.m. Game 8 (Semifinal #2)
Sun, Nov 20 11:30 a.m. Game 9
2 p.m. Game 10 ESPNU
5:30 p.m. Game 11 ESPN2
8 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPN2

Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant
The fourth annual Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant, held at Carolina First Arena in historic Charleston, S.C., will be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 17, 18 & 20. The tournament field will include Georgia Tech, LSU, Northwestern, Saint Joseph’s, Seton Hall, Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky. In 2011, VCU made a magical run through the NCAA Championship, advancing to the national semifinal game. Five of the 12 games will be carried on ESPNU.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant Web site at www.CharlestonClassic.com.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 17 12:30 p.m. Tulsa vs. Western Kentucky
3 p.m. LSU vs. Northwestern ESPNU
5:30 p.m. VCU vs. Seton Hall ESPNU
8 p.m. Georgia Tech vs. St. Joseph’s
Fri, Nov 18 1 p.m. Game 5
3:30 p.m. Game 6 (Semifinal #1) ESPNU
6 p.m. Game 7 (Semifinal #2)
8:30 p.m. Game 8
Sun, Nov 20 Noon Game 9
2:30 p.m. Game 10
6 p.m. Game 11 ESPNU
8:30 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPNU

76 Classic
The 76 Classic will be held Thanksgiving week, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 & 27, at the Anaheim Convention Center adjacent to Disneyland. The fifth annual classic will include Boston College, UC Riverside, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Santa Clara, Villanova and Washington State. Five of the eight teams reached the 2011 postseason, including the NCAA Championship, NIT and CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Eleven of the 12 games will be televised nationally with ESPNU and ESPN2 splitting the majority of the games.

Additional information, including travel packages featuring the surrounding Disneyland park experiences, can be found on the 76 Classic Web site at www.76Classic.com.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 24 2 p.m. Boston College vs. Saint Louis ESPNU
4:30 p.m. Villanova vs. UC Riverside ESPN2
9 p.m. New Mexico vs. Santa Clara ESPNU
11:30 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Washington State ESPN2
Fri, Nov 25 2:30 p.m. Game 5 (Semifinal #1) ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
5 p.m. Game 6 ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
9:30 p.m. Game 7 ESPNU
Sat, Nov 26 Midnight Game 8 (Semifinal #2) ESPN2
Sun, Nov 27 1:30 p.m. Game 9
4 p.m. Game 10 ESPNU
6:30 p.m. Game 11 ESPNU
9 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPN2

Old Spice Classic
The Old Spice Classic will be held at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 & 27. The sixth annual classic will feature Arizona State, Dayton, DePaul, Fairfield, Indiana State, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Wake Forest. Three teams advanced to postseason play in the NCAA Championship and NIT. ESPN2 will air the majority of the Old Spice Classic, including the entire opening day and the championship game. A total of 11 games will be televised on ESPN networks.

Additional information on the weekend-long affair at the Walt Disney World Resort, including travel packages, can be found on the Old Spice Classic Web site at www.OldSpiceClassic.com.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 24 Noon Texas Tech vs. Indiana State ESPN2
2:30 p.m. Minnesota vs. DePaul ESPN2
7 p.m. Dayton vs. Wake Forest ESPN2
9:30 p.m. Arizona State vs. Fairfield ESPN2
Fri, Nov 25 Noon Game 5 (Semifinal #1) ESPN
2:30 p.m. Game 6 ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
5 p.m. Game 7(Semifinal #2) ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Game 8 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 27 11:30 a.m. Game 9
2 p.m. Game 10 ESPNU
4:30 p.m. Game 11 ESPN2
7 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPN2

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
The third installment of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will be played around the Christmas holiday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec. 22, 23 & 25, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This paradise escape hosted by Hawaii includes Auburn, Clemson, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois, UTEP and Xavier. Six teams in the field participated in 2011 postseason including three NCAA Championship berths. ESPNU will be the primary home of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, in addition to ESPN2 carrying three games.

Additional information for the family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Honolulu, Hawaii, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Web site at www.HawaiianAirlinesDiamondHeadClassic.com.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Dec 22 3 p.m. UTEP vs. Clemson ESPNU
5:30 p.m. Kansas State vs. SIU ESPNU
Fri, Dec 23 TBD Long Beach State vs. Xavier ESPNU
TBD Auburn vs. Hawaii ESPNU
3 p.m. Game 5 ESPNU
5:30 p.m. Game 6 (Semifinal #1) ESPNU
11 p.m. Game 7 (Semifinal #2) ESPN2
Sat, Dec 24 1:30 a.m. Game 8 ESPNU
Sun, Dec 25 2 or 4:30 p.m. Game 9
2 or 4:30 p.m. Game 10 ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Game 11 ESPN2
10 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPN2

ESPN Regional Television
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT’s owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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