Playing At Michigan State First, Santa Clara To Play Tennessee In First Round of Orlando Classic Thanksgiving Weekend

Playing At Michigan State First, Santa Clara To Play Tennessee In First Round of Orlando Classic Thanksgiving Weekend

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The bracket for the 2014 Orlando Classic – to be played Thurs., Fri. and Sun., Nov. 27, 28 & 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. 

In addition, the Broncos will play at Michigan State on Mon., Nov. 24.  The non-bracketed game is part of the event and time and television for this game will be announced at a later date.  The 2014 Big 10 Champions, the Spartans fell 60-54 in the Elite Eight to eventual NCAA champion UCONN last year.

Santa Clara will open with a 9 am (Pacific) match-up vs. Tennessee on Thurs., Nov. 27 on ESPN2 in Orlando.  The Volunteers advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 with an 83-63 victory over Mercer before falling 73-71 to Michigan, who fell 75-72 to Kentucky in the next round.  SEC member Tennessee finished last season at 24-13.

The winner of their game with play the winner of the Kansas-Rhode Island game in the semi-final No. 1 at 9 am (ESPNU) or 11:30 am (ESPN) on Fri., Nov. 28.  The loser will play the same match-ups loser in the Consolation No. 1 game on Friday at either 9 am (ESPN) or 11:30 am (ESPNU). Kansas won the Big 12 last year and fell to Stanford 60-57 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.  Rhode Island won 14 games last season.

The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games over 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 Santa Clara-Tennessee game will immediately be followed by Kansas (Big 12) versus Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) at 11 a.m. (Pacific) Thursday's afternoon session will showcase Michigan State (Big Ten) against Rider (MAAC) at 3:30 p.m. and wrap with a battle between Marquette (BIG EAST) and Georgia Tech (ACC) at 5:30 p.m.

The Orlando Classic will feature three teams that earned berths in the 2014 NCAA Championship: 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. 

Orlando Classic (Schedule subject to change) 

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network 

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

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