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Matchups for 2016 ESPN Events Early Season Basketball Tournaments Revealed

July 14, 2016

Matchups for 2016 ESPN Events Early Season Basketball Tournaments Revealed

ESPN Events has revealed the brackets for its owned and operated early season college basketball tournaments. Featuring more than 40 teams, the tournaments begin in November and continue through Christmas weekend. The six, multi-day, destination events include the Gildan Charleston Classic (Nov. 17, 18 & 20), Puerto Rico Tip-off (Nov. 17, 18 & 20), AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 24, 25 & 27), DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Nov. 24, 25 & 27), NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 24-25) and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22, 23 & 25).

The bracket-format tournaments feature 12 games over three days, with the NIT Season Tip-Off championship rounds taking place over two days with four games during Thanksgiving weekend. 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. 17, 18 & 20

The Gildan Charleston Classic, hosted by the Colonial Athletic Association, will be held at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Teams participating in the tournament include NCAA National Champion Villanova, as well as Boise State, Charleston, Mississippi State, UCF, UTEP, Wake Forest and Western Michigan. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Gildan Charleston Classic website.

 

Date Time Game Network
Thu, Nov 17 11:30 a.m. Western Michigan vs. Villanova ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Wake Forest vs. UTEP ESPN3
5 p.m. Mississippi State vs. UCF ESPN2
7 p.m. Boise State vs. Charleston ESPN3
Fri, Nov 18 1:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
3:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
7 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
9:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 20 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
Wed, Nov 23 TBD Charleston at Villanova ^ TBD

^ – Non-bracketed game

 

Puerto Rico Tip-Off – Nov. 17, 18 & 20

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off, played at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, showcases four teams that participated in postseason tournaments last season, including Oklahoma, which advanced to the Final Four, Xavier and Northern Iowa, which both advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, and Davidson, which earned an invitation to the postseason NIT. Arizona State, Clemson, Missouri and Tulane will also head to San Juan as participants in the tournament. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off website.

 

Date Time Game Network
Thu, Nov 17 11 a.m. Clemson vs. Davidson ESPNU
1 p.m. Xavier vs. Missouri ESPNU
4:30 p.m. Northern Iowa vs. Arizona State ESPNU
7 p.m. Tulane vs. Oklahoma ESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov 18 11:30 a.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
1:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNU
5 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
7 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 20 Noon 7th Place Game ESPN3
2:30 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
5 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2
Sat, Nov 26 TBD Northern Iowa at Xavier^ TBD

^ – Non-bracketed game

 

AdvoCare Invitational – Nov. 24, 25 & 27

The AdvoCare Invitational, played at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, will bring three Sweet 16 teams from last year’s NCAA tournament —Gonzaga, Iowa State and Miami — to Orlando, Fla. Joining those teams will be last season’s BIG EAST Champion Seton Hall, Florida, which advanced to the third round of the postseason NIT, Indiana State, Quinnipiac and Stanford. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the AdvoCare Invitational website.

 

Date Time Game Network
Thu, Nov 24 12:30 p.m. Indiana State vs. Iowa State ESPN2 or ESPNU
2:30 p.m. Stanford vs. Miami ESPN2 or ESPNU
6:30 p.m. Gonzaga vs. Quinnipiac ESPN2
8:30 p.m. Seton Hall vs. Florida ESPN2
Fri, Nov 25 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
1 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN2
9:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Sun, Nov 27 11 a.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
1:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN
4:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPN2
7 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU

 

DIRECTV Wooden Legacy – Nov. 24, 25 & 27

The DIRECTV Wooden Legacy will take place Nov. 24, 25 and 27 at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif., and the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA tournament, UCLA and Virginia Tech will be participants in this year’s tournament.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy website.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, Nov 13 TBD CSUN at UCLA^ TBD
Thu, Nov 24# 2 p.m. Texas A&M vs. CSUN ESPN3
4:30 p.m. New Mexico vs. Virginia Tech ESPN
8:30 p.m. Dayton vs. Nebraska ESPNU
11 p.m. Portland vs. UCLA ESPN2
Fri, Nov 25# 3 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
5:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
9:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
Midnight Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Sun, Nov 27* 2 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
4 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
8:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN
11 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU

^ – Non-bracketed game

# – Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif.

* – Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.

 

NIT Season Tip-Off – Nov. 24 & 25

Hosted by ESPN Events, this year’s NIT Season Tip-Off features Florida State, Illinois, Temple and West Virginia, facing off at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Temple and West Virginia both played in last year’s NCAA Tournament, while Florida State played in the postseason NIT. Other non-bracketed games will be played at campus sites in November. Matchups and the full schedule will be announced at a later date. Additional information can be found on the NIT Tip-Off website.

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 24 12:30 p.m. Temple vs. Florida State ESPN2 or ESPNU
2:30 p.m. Illinois vs. West Virginia ESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov 25 12:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
3 p.m. Championship ESPN2

 

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

Stephen F. Austin, which caught the attention of fans everywhere with its NCAA tournament performance, is among the teams playing in this year’s Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Held at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i, the tournament also includes Hawai’i, Illinois, San Diego State, Southern Mississippi, San Francisco, Tulsa and Utah. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic website.

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Dec 22 4:30 p.m. Tulsa vs. Stephen F. Austin ESPNU
7 p.m. San Diego State vs. Southern Mississippi ESPN2
11 p.m. San Francisco vs. Utah ESPNU
1:30 a.m. Illinois State vs. Hawai’i ESPN2
Fri, Dec 23 4:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
6:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
10 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
12:30 a.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
Sun, Dec 25 1 p.m. 5th Place Game or 7th Place Game ESPN3
3:30 p.m. 5th Place Game of 7th Place Game ESPNU
6:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPN2
8:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

  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]