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ESPN Events Reveals Brackets for 2015 Early-Season Basketball Tournaments

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Games to be shown across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3

The brackets have been set for ESPN Events’ early-season basketball tournaments beginning in November and running through the Christmas holiday. The five multi-day, destination events consisting of the Gildan Charleston Classic, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, AdvoCare Invitational and the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will be shown across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.

Each tournament will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The eight-team bracket-format tournaments – Gildan Charleston Classic, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Wooden Legacy, AdvoCare Invitational and the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – feature 12 games over three days. The teams compete once per day, advancing with a victory. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in a championship game.

Gildan Charleston Classic – Nov. 19, 20 & 22

The Gildan Charleston Classic, held at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., will include Bradley, George Mason, Long Beach State, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Towson and Virginia. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Gildan Charleston Classic website.

Gildan Charleston Classic (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Network
Thu, Nov 19 Noon Ole Miss vs. George Mason ESPN3
  2 p.m. Oklahoma State vs. Towson ESPN3
  TBD Virginia vs. Bradley TBD
  TBD Long Beach State vs. Seton Hall TBD
Fri, Nov 20 1 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 22 1:30 p.m. 7th-place Game ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPN3
  7 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

Puerto Rico Tip-Off – Nov. 19, 20 & 22

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off, held in San Juan, will showcase Butler, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri State, Temple, Texas Tech and Utah. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off website.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Network
Thu, Nov 19 11:30 a.m. Temple vs. Minnesota ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. Butler vs. Missouri State ESPNU
  TBD Miami (Fla.) vs. Mississippi State TBD
  TBD Utah vs. Texas Tech TBD
Fri, Nov 20 10:30 a.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
  1 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  5 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
  7 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 22 Noon 7th-place Game ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

 

DIRECTV Wooden Legacy – Nov. 26, 27 & 29

The DIRECTV Wooden Legacy – to be played in Orange County, Calif. – consists of Arizona, Boise State, Boston College, Evansville, Michigan State, Providence, Santa Clara and UC Irvine. The first two days will be held on the campus of Cal-State Fullerton and the final day of competition will be at Honda Center in Anaheim. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy website.

DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Network
Thu, Nov 26# 4 p.m. UC-Irvine vs. Boise State ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Boston College vs. Michigan State ESPN2
  9 p.m. Evansville vs. Providence ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. Santa Clara vs. Arizona ESPN2
Fri, Nov 27# 2:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
  5 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
  11 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Sun, Nov 29* 2:30 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. 7th-place Game ESPN3
  10 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

# – Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif.; * – Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.;

AdvoCare Invitational – Nov. 26, 27 & 29

The AdvoCare Invitational, formerly the Orlando Classic, will be held at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. The eight-team field will feature Alabama, Dayton, Iowa, Monmouth, Notre Dame, Southern California, Wichita State and Xavier. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the AdvoCare Invitational website.

AdvoCare Invitational (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Network
Thu, Nov 26 Noon Alabama vs. Xavier ESPN2
  2 p.m. Wichita State vs. USC ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Monmouth ESPNU
  9 p.m. Iowa vs. Dayton ESPN2
Fri, Nov 27 Noon Consolation #1 ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Sun, Nov 29 10 a.m. 7th-place Game ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPN2
  7 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – Dec. 22, 23 & 25

The 2015 field for the seventh annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i includes Auburn, BYU, Harvard, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma, Washington State and tournament host school Hawai’i. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic website.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Network
Tue, Dec 22 2:30 p.m. Auburn vs. New Mexico ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. BYU vs. Harvard ESPNU
  11 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Washington State ESPNU
Wed, Dec 23 1:30 a.m. Northern Iowa vs. Hawaii ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
  5 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
  9 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Fri, Dec 25 1 or 3:30 p.m. 5th-place Game ESPNU or ESPN3
  1 or 3:30 p.m. 7th-place Game ESPNU or ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. 3rd-place Game ESPN2
  9 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

Additional ESPN Events early-season games

The fourth installment of the Armed Forces Classic will take place from the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan, on Friday, Nov. 13, and will feature Gonzaga vs. Pittsburgh, marking the first meeting between the two nationally-recognized programs. The game will be shown on ESPN.

In its fifth year, the State Farm Champions Classic – a neutral-site, early-season doubleheader that matches four of the winningest programs against each other – will pit Kansas vs. Michigan State and Kentucky vs. Duke from the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 17. This is the culminating event of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, and both games will air on ESPN.

The Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona will feature defending national champion Connecticut hosting Final Four participant Notre Dame in the 14th annual event on Saturday, Dec. 5. The game will air on ESPN at a time to be determined.

Four storied college basketball programs headline the 2015 Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic Presented by Corona doubleheader on Tuesday, Dec. 8, with proceeds benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. UConn will face Maryland, while Virginia takes on West Virginia in the 21st annual event to air on ESPN from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or [email protected]


  ESPN Events ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program. Collegiate Football AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth) Collegiate Basketball AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (TBD); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.) For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages. ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or [email protected]