Tigers Basketball To Face Siena In Old Spice Classic Opening Round
July 16, 2013
BRISTOL, Conn. - For over a year, Tiger Nation has known where the University of Memphis basketball team is playing over this year's Thanksgiving holiday weekend. With Tuesday's announcement from the Old Spice Classic organizers and ESPN, the Tigers now know who and what time they play.
Memphis is slated to start the bracketed portion of the 2013 Old Spice Classic against Siena on Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5:30 p.m. (CT). ESPN2 is televising the Tigers-Saints contest.
The Old Spice Classic encounter will be the third overall meeting between Memphis and Siena, with the series tied at 1-1. The last time the two programs played was in the 2007-08 season, and the Tigers posted a 102-58 victory over the Saints at FedExForum.
The 2013-14 Siena team will be playing under first-year head coach Jimmy Patsos, who coached the 2012-13 campaign at Loyola, Md. Memphis hosted Patsos' Greyhounds at FedExForum last season and posted a 78-64 win Dec. 30.
Joining Memphis and Siena on their side of the bracket are LSU and Saint Joseph's, which will play at 7:30 p.m. (CT; ESPN2) Thanksgiving night. The opposite side of the bracket has Purdue facing Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. (CT; ESPN2) and Butler meeting Washington State at 1 p.m. (CT; ESPN2).
The Nov. 29 schedule has a first consolation semifinal at 10 a.m. (CT; ESPNU) followed by consecutive championship-bracket semifinal games at 12:30 p.m. (CT; ESPN) and 4:30 p.m. (CT; ESPN2). The tournament's final second-day match-up is the second consolation semifinal at 7 p.m. (CT; ESPNU).
The tournament takes a day off Saturday and returns to action Sunday, Dec. 1 with the 5th-place contest starting play at 11 a.m. (CT; ESPNU). The 3rd-place game tips off at 1 p.m. (CT; ESPNU), followed by the 7th-place contest at 4 p.m. (CT; ESPN3) and the championship game at 6:30 p.m. (CT; ESPN2).
All 12 Old Spice Classic games are scheduled for the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. The Wide World of Sports Complex is part of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.
The Tigers and Oklahoma State also are playing a non-bracketed game in the Old Spice Classic Nov. 19 in Stillwater, Okla. The game time and television are still to be determined for that contest. Purdue and Siena is another non-bracketed Old Spice Classic game that is slated for Nov. 24.
Gonzaga won last year's Old Spice Classic title and also claimed the same crown in 2008.
The following lists the 2013 Old Spice Classic dates, match-ups, times (all CT) and television:
Date Game Time (CT) TV