Basketball Tourney

The 43rd Annual Sierra Providence SunClassic

EL PASO, Texas (June 30, 2003) - For the first time since 1997, two teams from BCS conferences will highlight the field for the 2003 Sierra Providence SunClassic Basketball Tournament. This year's tournament will feature Northwestern University of the Big Ten Conference, Mississippi Valley State University of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Rutgers University of the Big East Conference and the University of Texas at El Paso of the Western Athletic Conference.

UTEP will be making its 43rd consecutive appearance in the oldest continuous holiday championship tournament in the nation, while this year will mark Mississippi Valley State's second SunClassic appearance and first-ever appearances for Northwestern and Rutgers.

In its 43rd year, the Sierra Providence SunClassic will be Saturday, Dec. 27, and Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Don Haskins Center. Sierra Providence has been the title sponsor of the tournament since 1991.

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