Puerto Rico Tip-Off Secures Eight Teams for Annual Event

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Puerto Rico Tip-Off Secures Eight Teams for Annual Event

The 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, an early-season men’s basketball tournament, has secured all eight teams in the field, including NCAA Championship invitees North Carolina State and UNC Asheville and NIT semifinalist Massachusetts. The annual event is played in historic and picturesque San Juan, Puerto Rico Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 15, 16 & 18.

Also in the field are Akron, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Teams

  • NC State, which received votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, was the No. 11 seed in the 2012 NCAA Championship
  • UNC Asheville, a the Big South champs and a 16-seed in the NCAA Championship, dropped a second-round decision to Syracuse
  • Tennessee, UMass and Akron earned NIT berths
    • As the No. 1 seed, the Vols had a first-round win over Savannah State but fell to in-state rival Middle Tennessee in the second round
    • A No. 5 seed, UMass advanced to the NIT Semifinals in Madison Square Garden with wins over No. 4 Mississippi, No. 1 Seton Hall and No. 3 Drexel before losing to No. 3 Stanford
    • Akron, also seeded No. 5, fell in the first round to Northwestern

Ticket and Travel Information
The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Puerto Rico host the teams to three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Additional information can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site.

Travel packages and discounted hotel accommodations are available to fans through Anthony Travel, the official travel provider of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Packages include hotel accommodations, game day transportation, an all-session pass to the games and access to an exclusive banquet reception with the players and coaches (limited availability). For more information or to book your travel to the tournament, please visit the Anthony Travel Web site or call (888) 632-6951.

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

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
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

BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards
Collegiate Basketball
Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); Sears BracketBusters  and State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
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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