BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers now know their first-round matchup in the 2013 Old Spice Classic as ESPN Tuesday announced the bracket for the tournament which will be contested Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1 at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
The Tigers, 19-12 a year ago in Johnny Jones’ first-year as head coach at LSU, will meet NIT participant Saint Joseph’s in the final of four first-round games at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 28. Saint Joseph’s was 18-14 a year ago.
LSU returns top players Johnny O'Bryant III, Anthony Hickey, Andre Stringer and Shavon Coleman and brings in a top-5 recruiting class that includes Baton Rouge freshman Jarell Martin (Mr. Basketball in Louisiana), Georgia player of the year Tim Quarterman and seven-foot Australian Darcy Malone among others.
The other six teams in the tournament are Butler, Memphis, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Siena and Washington State.
ESPN2 will carry six of the tournament games, including all four first-round games. ESPNU will air four games and ESPN and ESPN3 will each have one game. The Championship game will air Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2.
The 2013 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, Dec. 1.
The other first-round matches have Purdue and Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. CT; Butler and Washington State at 1 p.m. and Siena and Memphis at 5:30 p.m.
LSU will face either Siena or Memphis in the second round of the tournament on Nov. 29 at either 4:30 or 7 p.m. The teams have Saturday, Nov. 30, off before playing a final round of games on Sunday, Dec. 1.
LSU played in the Charleston Classic two seasons ago, winning two of three games to finish fifth in the tournament.
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. Travel packages are available for fans and include resort accommodations at the team hotel, game tickets, theme park tickets and much more. Visit AnthonyTravel.com/OSC or call 888-632-6951 to make your reservation today.
Sponsors include Old Spice, Samsonite and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will serve as the event’s sponsoring conference for the seventh straight year.
Gonzaga won the 2012 Old Spice Classic, its second tournament victory after claiming the 2008 title. Previous winners were Dayton in 2011, Notre Dame in 2010, Florida State in 2009, North Carolina State in 2007 and Arkansas in 2006.
The Old Spice Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
2013 Old Spice Classic Schedule
HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports
(All times Central; schedule subject to change)
Thursday, Nov. 28
11 a.m. – Purdue vs. Oklahoma State, ESPN2
1 p.m. – Butler vs. Washington State, ESPN2
5:30 p.m. – Memphis vs. Siena, ESPN2
7:30 p.m. – LSU vs. Saint Joseph’s, ESPN2
Friday, Nov. 29
10 a.m. – Consolation No. 1 (afternoon losers), ESPNU
12:30 p.m. – Semifinal No. 1 (afternoon winners), ESPN
4:30 p.m. – Semifinal No. 2 (evening winners), ESPN2
7 p.m. – Consolation No. 2 (evening losers), ESPNU
Saturday, Nov. 30
No games played
Sunday, Dec. 1
11 a.m. – 5th place game, ESPNU
1 p.m. – 3rd place game, ESPNU
4 p.m. – 7th place game, ESPN3
6:30 p.m. – Championship game, ESPN2
About ESPN Regional Television (ERT)
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates collegiate sporting events worldwide, including two Labor Day Kickoff college football games; seven college bowl games and eight college basketball events. These account for approximately 200 hours of programming, reach almost 64 million viewers and attract nearly half a million attendees each year. The owned and operated events build relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as provide unique experiences for teams and fans. In addition to event ownership, ERT manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Las Vegas Bowl; MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot College Football Awards.
Armed Forces Classic (TBD); Charleston Classic (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s & Women’s Basketball Classics presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden & Durham, N.C.); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR); State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.).