Sixth Annual 76 Classic Field Boasts Preseason Top 25 Contenders

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Sixth Annual 76 Classic Field Boasts Preseason Top 25 Contenders

Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament Fields NCAA Participants Kansas and Temple

The 2012 76 Classic field has all eight teams confirmed for the annual event held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 22, 23 & 24, at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland. NCAA Elite 8 participant Kansas will be joined in the tournament by Cal, Drake, Georgia Tech, Pacific, Rice, St. Mary’s and Temple.

Tournament field

  • Kansas is ranked No. 13 and Cal is ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll – released Thursday, Oct. 20, while Temple and St. Mary’s each are receiving votes
  • Kansas advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championship, while Temple reached the third round
  • Cal and St. Mary’s earned berths to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT)

Tournament information

The 2012 76 Classic will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in a championship game Sunday, Nov. 27. The Big West will again serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.

The 76 Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

The inaugural event was played in 2007, with USC capturing the title. In year’s following, Wake Forest (2008), West Virginia (2009) and UNLV (2010) were all tournament winners.

Travel information

Fans can purchase official hotel accommodations and game tickets by going to or by calling 888-632-6951. Additional information can be found on the 76 Classic website, For more information on Disneyland Resort, visit


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


Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became 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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