Top Teams Announced for 2015 ESPN Events Early-Season Men’s Basketball Tournaments

Four of Top Five Teams Ranked in Latest Associated Press Poll to Participate in Early-Season ESPN-Owned, -Operated Events

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates early-season basketball events worldwide beginning in early-November and running through the Christmas holiday.

The four multi-day, destination events consisting of the Gildan Charleston Classic, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, DIRECTV Wooden Legacy and Orlando Classic are bracket-format tournaments featuring 12 games over three days. The teams compete once per day, advancing with a victory. The two remaining undefeated teams will face off in a championship game. Also following the same format, the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic field will be announced in late December.

Additionally, the Armed Forces Classic, to be played Friday, Nov. 13, and the State Farm Champions Classic, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, round out the 2015 owned and operated events. Fans will also get a glimpse of six top teams at the annual Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics Presented by Corona, with teams to be announced surrounding the events in December.

The 2014-15 college basketball season is underway, and several teams ranked in the latest Associated Press poll (Nov. 17) will be participating in 2015 events: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas, No. 9 Virginia, No. 11 Wichita State, No. 13 Gonzaga, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 25 Utah.

Armed Forces Classic – Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

The Armed Forces Classic – a series of Division I men’s college basketball games played on United States military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation – will originate from the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan.

State Farm Champions Classic – Tuesday, Nov. 17

The fifth installment of the State Farm Champions Classic will be played at the United Center in Chicago and will once again showcase Kansas vs. Michigan State and Kentucky vs. Duke.

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.

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.

DIRECTV Wooden Legacy – Nov. 26, 27 & 29

The DIRECTV Wooden Legacy will be played in Orange County, Calif. 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. The field consists of Arizona, Boise State, Boston College, Evansville, Michigan State, Providence, Santa Clara and UC Irvine.

Orlando Classic – Nov. 26, 27 & 29

The Orlando Classic, held at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., will feature Alabama, Dayton, Iowa, Monmouth, Notre Dame, Southern California, Wichita State and Xavier.

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