Pairings Set For 2011 Old Spice Classic|
August 4, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas – The pairings have been set for the 2011 Old Spice Classic basketball tournament to be held Thanksgiving weekend at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
Texas Tech will tip off the tournament as the Red Raiders take on 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Indiana State at 11 a.m. (CT) on Nov. 24 in a game that can be seen on ESPN2. The winner of the Indiana State-Texas Tech matchup will face the winner of the DePaul-Minnesota game in the top half of the bracket, while the losers will square off in the consolation side of the bracket. All tournament games will be seen on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The opening round games in the bottom half of the bracket feature Dayton versus Wake Forest and Arizona State against Fairfield on Nov. 24.
The 2011 Old Spice Classic, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 27.
Sponsors include Old Spice, ESPNU and ESPN's Wide World of Sports. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will serve as the event's sponsoring conference for the sixth straight year.
Notre Dame captured the 2010 Old Spice Classic title, while Florida State won the 2009 Classic. Previous winners were Gonzaga in 2008, North Carolina State in 2007 and Arkansas in 2006.
The family-friendly tournament is a weekend-long affair at the Walt Disney World Resort where participating teams practice, play and enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Old Spice Classic Web site at www.oldspiceclassic.com.
The Old Spice Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.