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