Men's Basketball To Play In 2014 Old Spice Classic; Michigan State and Kansas Headline Field
The eight-team field for the 2014 Old Spice Classic will feature the current No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, Michigan State and Kansas, along with Santa Clara, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Rider, Tennessee and Xavier. The ninth annual event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 27, 28 and 30, 2014 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
It is the first time Santa Clara will play in the Old Spice Classic.
Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in this week's Associated Press preseason poll, while Kansas is ranked No. 2 and Marquette is No. 25. Five of the teams are making their second appearance in the Old Spice Classic: Marquette (2009); Michigan State (2008); Rider (2007); Tennessee (2008) and Xavier (2009).
The 2014 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. 30.
Gonzaga captured the 2012 Old Spice Classic title, its second tournament championship (also 2008). Previous winners were Dayton (2011), Notre Dame (2010), Florida State (2009), North Carolina State (2007) and Arkansas (2006).
The Old Spice Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN.
ESPN Events ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
A subsidiary of ESPN, ERT is also the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national and regional shows for college conferences (American, Big 12, Mid-American, SEC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.