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Published: November 23, 2012, 08:00 AM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - The Old Spice Classic Basketball Tournament has announced that the LSU men's basketball team will take part in its 2013 Thanksgiving Weekend event at the HP Field House at the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex next Orlando, Fla.

All eight teams have been confirmed for the event that will be held Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1, 2013.

The field for the eighth annual event includes Butler, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Saint Joseph's, Siena and Washington State.

The 2013 Old Spice Classic will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will serve as the event's sponsoring conference for the eighth straight year.

For LSU, this will be the second time in three years that LSU has participated in one of the tournaments owned by ESPN Regional that plays around the Thanksgiving holidays. LSU won two of three games during the 2011-12 season in the Charleston Classic at Charleston, S.C.

The family-friendly Ole Spice Classic 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.

Previous winners of the Old Spice Classic have included Dayton, Notre Dame, Florida State, Gonzaga, NC State and Arkansas.

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 (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 300 events a year, is the leading multisport venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States, accommodating 60 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries.

Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 220-acre facility features: HP Field House, a 165,000-square-foot field house that seats 5,500 for basketball; Champion Stadium ballpark (cap. 11,500); Hess Sports Fields, which include multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields; Jostens Center, an 80,000-square-foot multisport field house; and the Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology group to develop groundbreaking on-air products such as Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom.

In addition, the complex features 56 high definition cameras (42 robotic, 10 hand-held and four studio) and 40 high definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, that can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art Production Center, which features eight edit bays and links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles.

 

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