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ESPN Events Unveils Matchups for Early-Season Basketball Tournaments


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ESPN Events has unveiled the matchups for several of its owned and operated early-season basketball tournaments. Beginning November 16 through Christmas weekend, the tournaments will feature a number of top teams, including South Carolina, who advanced to the Final Four in last year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship. The six multi-day, bracket-format, destination events include the Gildan Charleston Classic (Nov. 16, 17 & 19), Puerto Rico Tip-off (Nov. 16, 17 & 19), AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 23, 24 & 26), NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 23-24) and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25). Each tournament will feature 12 games played over three days, with the NIT Season Tip-Off championship rounds taking place over two days with four games during Thanksgiving weekend.

These events, along with the PK80 Invitational and the Wooden Legacy (matchups to be announced at a later date), showcase more than 70 teams throughout November and December.

All schedules are subject to change.

Gildan Charleston Classic – Nov. 16, 17 & 19
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 Auburn, Clemson, Dayton, Hofstra, Indiana State, Old Dominion, Ohio and Temple. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Gildan Charleston Classic website.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 16 11:30 a.m. Auburn vs. Indiana State ESPNU
2 p.m. Old Dominion vs. Temple ESPN3
5 p.m. Clemson vs. Ohio ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Dayton vs. Hofstra ESPNU
Fri, Nov 17 11 a.m. Semifinal  #1 ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
7 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNEWS
9:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 19 1 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

Non-bracketed games: Auburn at Dayton (Nov. 29)

Puerto Rico Tip-Off – Nov. 16, 17 & 19
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off, played at Coliseo Municipal Tomas Dones in Fajardo, will showcase two teams who participated in the NCAA men’s basketball championship—Iowa State, and South Carolina, who advanced to the Final Four. The field also includes postseason NIT participants Boise State and Illinois State, as well as Appalachian State, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Michigan. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off website.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 16 11:30 a.m. Illinois State vs. South Carolina ESPN2
2 p.m. Boise State vs. UTEP ESPNU
5:30 p.m. Iowa State vs. Appalachian State ESPNU
8 p.m. Tulsa vs. Western Michigan ESPNEWS/ESPN3
Fri, Nov 17 10:30 a.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
1 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
5 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
7 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 19 11:30 a.m. 7th Place Game ESPN3
2 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
5 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

Non-bracketed games: Bridgewater at Appalachian State (Nov. 12), Western Michigan at South Carolina (Nov. 13)

AdvoCare Invitational – Nov. 23, 24 & 26
The AdvoCare Invitational, played at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, will bring Sweet 16 team West Virginia and seven other distinguished program to Orlando, Fla. WVU will be joined by Long Beach State, Marist, Missouri, who will play with 2017 No. 1 recruit Michael Porter Jr., Nebraska, Oregon State, St. John’s and UCF for the three-day tournament. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the AdvoCare Invitational website.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 23 11:30 a.m. Missouri vs. Long Beach State ESPN2
2 p.m. St. John’s vs. Oregon State ESPNU
6 p.m. UCF vs. Nebraska ESPN3
8:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Marist ESPNEWS
Fri, Nov 24 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNEWS
1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
5 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
Sun, Nov 26 Noon 3rd Place Game ESPNU
2 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
7 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPN3
9:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

Non-bracketed games: Nebraska at St. John’s (Nov. 16), Long Beach State at West Virginia (Nov. 20), Missouri at UCF (Nov. 30)

NIT Season Tip-Off – Nov. 23 & 24
Hosted by ESPN Events, this year’s NIT Season Tip-Off features Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt and Virginia, facing off at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. All four teams played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Other non-bracketed games will be played at campus sites in November. Additional information can be found on the NIT Tip-Off website.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 23 4 p.m. Virginia vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU
6 p.m. Rhode Island vs. Seton Hall ESPNU
Fri, Nov 24 TBD 3rd Place Game TBD
TBD Championship TBD

Non-bracketed games: Fairleigh Dickinson at Seton Hall (Nov. 10), Austin Peay at Vanderbilt (Nov. 10), UNC-Asheville at Rhode Island (Nov. 11), Monmouth at Seton Hall (Nov. 12), Austin Peay at Virginia (Nov. 13), Oakland City at Austin Peay (Nov. 16), UNC-Asheville at Vanderbilt (Nov. 17), UNC-Asheville at Austin Peay (Nov. 19), Monmouth at Virginia (Nov. 19). Monmouth at UNC-Asheville (Nov. 22)

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – Dec. 22-25
This year’s Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will include Akron, Davidson, Hawai’i, Miami, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Princeton and USC. Held at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i, the tournament features five NCAA tournament participants in Miami, Middle Tennessee New Mexico State, Princeton and USC. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic website.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Dec 22 5:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Princeton ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Akron vs. USC ESPNU
11 p.m. Davidson vs. New Mexico State ESPNU
Sat, Dec. 23 1 a.m. Miami vs. Hawaii ESPNU
4:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
7 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
10 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Sun, Dec 24 12:30 a.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
Mon, Dec 25 12:30 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
2:30 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
6 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2
8:30 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU

Non-bracketed games: Princeton at USC (Dec. 19)

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; 14 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); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); 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.)

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