Thanksgiving Weekend college basketball tournament to be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports
The bracket for the 2014 Orlando Classic – to be played Thursday, Nov. 27, Friday, Nov. 28, and Sunday, Nov. 30, at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. – has been set. The eight competing teams include Georgia Tech, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Rhode Island, Rider, Santa Clara and Tennessee.
The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Eight of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPNU will carry three games, and one will be exclusive to ESPN3.
The tournament tips off Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, with all four games airing on ESPN2. First, Santa Clara (West Coast) faces Tennessee (SEC) at noon ET. The opener will be immediately followed by Kansas (Big 12) versus Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) at 2 p.m. Thursday’s evening session will showcase Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. Rider (MAAC) at 6:30 p.m. and wrap with a battle between Marquette (BIG EAST) and Georgia Tech (ACC) at 8:30 p.m.
The Orlando Classic will feature three teams that earned berths in the NCAA tournament: Michigan State lost to eventual NCAA champion Connecticut in the Elite Eight; Tennessee advanced to the Sweet 16 and Kansas played in the third round.
For more information, please visit http://espnevents.com/orlando-classic/
Orlando Classic (Schedule subject to change)
|Mon, Nov 24||TBD||Santa Clara at Michigan State^||TBD|
|8 p.m.||Rider at Kansas^||TBD|
|Thu, Nov 27||Noon||Santa Clara vs. Tennessee||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Kansas vs. Rhode Island||ESPN2|
|6:30 p.m.||Michigan State vs. Rider||ESPN2|
|8:30 p.m.||Marquette vs. Georgia Tech||ESPN2|
|Fri, Nov 28||Noon or 2:30 p.m.||Consolation #1||ESPN or ESPNU|
|Noon or 2:30 p.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPN or ESPNU|
|6:30 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPNU|
|9 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPN2|
|Sun, Nov 30||10:30 a.m.||7th-place Game||ESPN3|
|1 or 4 p.m.||3rd-place Game||ESPN or ESPN2|
|6:30 p.m.||5th-place Game||ESPNU|
|1 or 4 p.m.||Championship Game||ESPN or ESPN2|
^ – Non-bracketed game