Ducks in Dick's Sporting Goods Spartan Clash

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) and The Palace at Auburn Hills will host one of the premier college basketball events in the nation, the fifth annual Dick's Sporting Goods Spartan Clash, on Saturday, Dec. 22. The event will feature an opening game of Michigan State vs. Texas on ESPN2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the 2007 doubleheader go on sale Sept. 28 at, the Palace's box office and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at (248) 645-6666.

The first game will be followed by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies against the Oregon Ducks at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Michigan State, Texas and Oregon competed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, while Oakland had its best overall record with 19 wins at the NCAA Division I level in 2006-07.

Michigan State, under the direction of coach Tom Izzo, in his 12th year, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament as the Spartans went 23-12 last season.

With coach Rick Barnes now entering his 10th season, the Longhorns were 25-10 in 2006-07 and advanced to the NCAA's second round. Oregon head coach Ernie Kent, in his 11th season with the Ducks, lost to eventual NCAA champion Florida in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Greg Kampe, in his 24th season with Oakland, finished 19-14 last season – the school's best record while at the major-college level – and advanced to the championship game of the Mid-Continent Conference for the second time in three seasons.

"We are pleased to again be able to spotlight some of the nation's outstanding basketball programs," said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager of ERT. "We feel privileged to play out this tournament at a storied site such as The Palace of Auburn Hills."

ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN, Inc., is in its fifth year of ownership and operation of the Dick's Sporting Goods Spartan Clash. In the inaugural event in 2003, Oklahoma edged Michigan State in overtime, 80-77 on ESPN. Last season the Spartans upended BYU, 76-61 on ESPN2.

"We are looking forward to another great Spartan Clash with Michigan State facing one of the country's top basketball programs in the University of Texas," said Stu Mayer, senior vice president of Palace Sports and Entertainment. "With the addition of Oakland University taking on the University of Oregon we've been able to create a really exciting doubleheader. Michigan State returns the core of its team from last season and Detroit area fans will see a Spartan club that certainly will be among the nation's very best."

ESPN Regional Television – Event Ownership The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. – Big East, Big 12, Mid-American, Sun Belt, Western Athletic).

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several other sporting events, including the Bell Helicopter Armed Forced Bowl; the Bowl; the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl; the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, the New Mexico Bowl; the MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge; the National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway; and collegiate basketball events including the Dick's Sporting Goods Spartan Clash (Auburn Hills, Mich.); the O'Reilly Auto Parts All-College Classic (Oklahoma City, Okla.); the Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla.); the Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); and the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, Puerto Rico).

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