Lions Draw South Carolina in Tournament

PSU will take on the Gamecocks in opening round of Old Spice Classic at Disney World. This will mark the first game between the two teams since they split a home-and-home series in 1981 and 1982.

The Penn State men’s basketball team has been slated to meet South Carolina in the first round of the 2007 Old Spice Classic, to be held Thanksgiving weekend at the Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.

“We are excited to be playing in a top-notch early-season tournament with a strong field of teams that will present a great challenge for our players and coaches,” Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. “It’s a terrific tournament in a great location that I think our players and fans will really enjoy it.”

The Nittany Lions and Gamecocks will play the opening game of the event on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12:00 p.m. on ESPN2. South Carolina posted a 14-16 record last season under head coach Dave Odom. The winner will face the winner of a first round match-up between North Carolina State and Rider.

The eight-team tournament, which runs Nov. 22, 23 and 25, will include 12 games in three days with all games broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The other four teams in the 2007 Old Spice Classic field include: Central Florida, George Mason, Kansas State and Villanova. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed tournament format.

Other first round match-ups include: Central Florida meeting Villanova and Kansas State taking on George Mason. All games on the first day of action will be televised live on ESPN2.

The championship game will be played at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 25, on ESPN2.

Arkansas defeated West Virginia to win the inaugural Old Spice Classic last year.

Old Spice Tournament Schedule

Thurs., Nov. 22

12 p.m. 1) South Carolina vs. Penn State ESPN2

2 p.m. 2) NC State vs. Rider ESPN2

7 p.m. 3) Villanova vs. UCF ESPN2

9 p.m. 4) George Mason vs. Kansas St. ESPN2

Fri., Nov. 23

10:30 a.m. 5) Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser ESPN2

12:30 p.m. 6) Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner ESPN2

5 p.m. 7) Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser ESPN2

7:30 p.m. 8) Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner ESPNU

Sun., Nov. 25

11 a.m. 9) Game 5 loser vs. Game 8 loser ESPNU

1 p.m. 10) Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 winner ESPNU

4:30 p.m. 11) Game 6 loser vs. Game 7 loser ESPN2

6:30 p.m. 12) Championship – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner ESPN2


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