ESPN Announces Matchups for Third Annual 76 Classic
Aug. 4, 2009
LOS ANGELES - ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today the schedule of matchups for the 2009 76 Classic, to be held Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26, 27 and 29, at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland. The third-year event will include 12 games in three days and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU.
The 76 Classic field includes eight teams: Butler, Clemson, Long Beach State, Minnesota, Portland, Texas A&M, UCLA and West Virginia. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format.
In the first round of action Thursday, Nov. 26, West Virginia opens the 76 Classic against Long Beach State at 11 a.m. PT on ESPNU. The other three games will all be televised live on ESPN2, with Texas A&M taking on Clemson at 1:30 p.m. PT, Minnesota facing Butler at 5:30 p.m. PT, and Portland squaring off against UCLA at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Seven of the eight teams reached the postseason in 2008-09, including six in the NCAA Tournament: UCLA and Texas A&M advanced to the second round, while Butler, Clemson, Minnesota and West Virginia were also in the field. No eight-team, regular-season tournament has ever had more than seven postseason teams from the previous year. The 2008 Old Spice Classic also had seven while the EA Sports Maui Invitational has had seven postseason teams five times, most recently in 2004.
The two teams that remain undefeated throughout the tournament will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Complete matchups are listed below.
The Big West Conference again will serve as the host for the 76 Classic at the 7,800-seat Anaheim Convention Center, which has served the conference for the past eight years as the site of its postseason tournament.
The inaugural 76 Classic (then called the Anaheim Classic) was played in 2007, with USC defeating Southern Illinois in the championship game. In 2008, Wake Forest captured the title by taking down Baylor in the championship game.
You can purchase tickets to the 2009 76 Classic, which will go on sale in early September, by CLICKING HERE or by calling (714) 704-2000. Packages include all 12 games for $90 or single-session tickets for $20. For special travel package information, CLICK HERE.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Tournament Schedule
(Home team listed second; Long Beach State will be home team in each of its games)
Thu., Nov. 26, 2009
11:00 a.m., West Virginia vs. Long Beach State (Game 1), ESPNU
1:30 p.m., Texas A&M vs. Clemson (Game 2), ESPN2
5:30 p.m., Minnesota vs. Butler (Game 3), ESPN2
7:30 p.m., UCLA vs. Portland (Game 4), ESPN2
Fri., Nov. 27, 2009
11:30 a.m., Game 5, ESPN
2:00 p.m., Game 6, ESPNU
6:30 p.m., Game 7, ESPNU
8:30 p.m., Game 8, ESPNU
Sun., Nov. 29, 2009
11:30 a.m., Game 9, ESPNU
2:00 p.m., Game 10, ESPN2
4:30 p.m., Game 11, ESPNU
7:00 p.m., Game 12, (Championship Game) ESPN2