5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off Field Boasts Five NCAA Championship Teams

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5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off Field Boasts Five NCAA Championship Teams

All Eight Tournament Teams Secured for 2012 Event

The annual destination event of the 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off has secured all eight teams for the 2012 field to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15, 16 & 18, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan. Playing in the 2012 tournament are 2011 NCAA Championship Teams – Akron, Georgetown, Penn State, Tennessee and Xavier, along with NC State, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

Tournament field

  • Xavier is ranked No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll – released Thursday, Oct. 20
  • All five NCAA Championship participants – Akron, Georgetown, Penn State, Tennessee and Xavier, advanced to the second round
  • Oklahoma State earned an National Invitation Tournament (NIT)

Tournament information

The 2012 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 18.

The BIG EAST will again serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.

Former winners of the 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off were Minnesota (2010), Villanova (2009), Xavier (2008) and Miami (2007).

The 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

Travel information

The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico host the teams to three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Fans can purchase official hotel accommodations and game tickets by going to http://www.anthonytravel.com/espn/puerto-rico-tipoff or by calling 888-632-6951. Additional information can be found on the 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.puertoricotipoff.com.

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.

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:
Collegiate Football

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); State Farm Champions Classic (Madison Square Garden; debuts 2011); DIRECTV Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); 5-hour ENERGY® Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); All-College Basketball Classic (Oklahoma City) and Sears BracketBusters

Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events
Hawaiian Islands Invitational (Soccer) and ESPN National Golf Challenge

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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