Men’s College Basketball: Early Season Tournaments Fills Schedule

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Men’s College Basketball: Early Season Tournaments Fills Schedule

ESPN’s early season men’s college basketball tournament are underway starting Thursday, Nov. 21, with the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Charleston Classic Presented by Gildan and the championship rounds of the 2K Sports Classic. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 have a full slate of games leading up to Feast Week Presented by Lowe’s (Nov. 25-Dec. 1) and the Thanksgiving holiday.

In addition, Tuesday night’s Old Spice Classic regional-round, top-25 matchup between No. 11 Memphis at No. 7 Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. (ESPN) will feature all-access segments.

  • Memphis head coach Josh Pastner will wear a microphone during the game, while OSU head coach Travis Ford will be mic’ed during shoot-around Tuesday.
  • Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart sits down with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas on Monday afternoon for an interview that will be seen across multiple ESPN platforms.

Weekly Schedule Highlights:

  • The Puerto Rico Tip-Off from San Juan on Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 21-24:
    • Quarterfinal action includes Long Beach State vs. No. 14 Michigan at 5 p.m. on ESPN2
    • Additional quarterfinal games are at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on ESPNU, plus later round action on Friday and Sunday.
    • The title game on Sunday,Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • Charleston Classic Presented by Gildan is also a three-day event (Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 21-24), ending with the title game Sunday, Nov. 24, at 9 p.m. (ESPN2);
    • UAB takes on No. 19 New Mexico in the quarters on Thursday, at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.
    • Additional quarterfinal games are at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (ESPN3) and 5 p.m. (ESPNU), plus later round games on Friday and Sunday.
    • No. 6 Duke faces Vermont at home on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. onESPNU.
  • The 2K Sports Classic Championship rounds from Madison Square Garden include semifinal games on ESPN2 between No. 18 Connecticut and Boston College at 7 p.m. and Indiana vs. Washington at 9 p.m. on Thursday;
    • The title game will be played on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, following the consolation game at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
  • The Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff (Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24) from Uncasville, Conn., features an ESPN3  semifinal doubleheader with No. 24 North Carolina vs. Richmond at noon and No. 3 Louisville vs. Fairfield at 2 p.m.;
    • The championship game will air on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the consolation game at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.
Thu, Nov 21 10:30 a.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Charlotte vs. Kansas State (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  12:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Northeastern vs. Georgetown (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: Nebraska vs. UMass (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: UAB vs. No. 19 New Mexico (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Long Beach State vs. No. 14 Michigan (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  5 p.m. Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: Georgia vs. Davidson (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPNU
  7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic: Semifinal: No. 18 Connecticut vs. Boston College (New York City)
John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla & Jeff Goodman
ESPN2
  Citadel at Wake Forest
Dave Weekley & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
  UCF at Miami (Fla.) ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Quarterfinal: Florida State vs. No. 10 VCU (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Charleston Classic: Quarterfinal: Temple vs. Clemson (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN3
  Bowling Green at No. 12 Wisconsin
BJ Schaben & Rich Zvosec
ESPN3
  Howard at Houston
Brett Dolan & Reid Gettys
ESPN3
  9 p.m. 2K Sports Classic: Semifinal: Indiana vs. Washington (New York City)
John Saunder, Fran Fraschilla & Jeff Goodman
ESPN2
Fri, Nov 22 Noon Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Consolation: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU or ESPN3
  Charleston Classic: Consolation: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPNU or ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Semifinal: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  Charleston Classic: Semifinal: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  5 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Semifinal: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  2K Sports Classic: 3rd Place: TBD (New York City)
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 or ESPNU
  7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic: Championship: TBD (New York City)
John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla & Jeff Goodman
ESPN2
  Charleston Classic: Consolation: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN3
  Stetson at UCF
Kevin Corke & Mike Wise
ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Consolation: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Santa Clara at Notre Dame
Mike Couzens & Darrin Horn
ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Charleston Classic: Semifinal: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPNU
Sat, Nov 23 Noon Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: Semifinal: No. 24 North Carolina vs. Richmond (Uncasville, Conn.)
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckabay
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: Semifinal: No. 3 Louisville vs. Fairfield (Uncasville, Conn.)
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckabay
ESPN3
  William & Mary at Rutgers
Jonathan Yardley & John Celestand
ESPN3
  4 p.m. Liberty at Virginia
Booker Corrigan & Cory Alexander
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Ave Maria at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
Sun, Nov 24 11:30 a.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 7th Place: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN3
  Noon Charleston Classic: 3rd Place: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: Championship: TBD (Uncasville, Conn.)
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Andy Katz
ESPN
  2 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 5th Place: TBD (San Juan)
Alvaro Martin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  Army at Notre Dame
Mike Couzens & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
  North Carolina A&T at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Charleston Classic: 7th Place: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Bob Picozzi & Tim Welsh
ESPN3
  Arkansas Pine-Bluff at SMU
Brett Dolan & Stephen Howard
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic: 3rd Place: TBD (Uncasville, Conn.)
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckabay
ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 3rd Place: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  Harvard at Colorado
Rich Cellini & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Championship: TBD (San Juan)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  Vermont at No. 6 Duke
Tom Hart & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  Charleston Classic: 5th Place: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Charleston Classic: Championship: TBD (Charleston, S.C.)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN2

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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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