While the participants in the eight team tournament have been known for some time, the bracket pairings for the three-day event have just been finalized.
The tournament will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 22, 23 & 25, at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., and includes Clemson, Davidson, Gonzaga, Marist, Oklahoma, UTEP, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
WVU will face Marist in the first game of the tournament at noon. The Mountaineers will then play either the winner or loser of the Vanderbilt Davidson game on Friday, depending on their own outcome. If West Virginia defeats the Red Foxes, it will face the winner of the Commodore/Wildcat contest at 12:30 on Friday, Nov. 23. A loss would put WVU in the 3:00 p.m. game on the same day against the loser of that contest.
WVU would not face a potential rematch with Gonzaga, against which it opens the season, until the final day of the tournament. UTEP faces Oklahoma and the Bulldogs play Clemson in the other half of the first round bracket.
There has been some confusion about West Virginia's season-opening game with Gonzaga on Nov.13. While that game is listed as part of the Old Spice Classic, it is noted as a "non-bracketed" game, meaning that the result of that contest has no impact on tournament conducted in Orlando.
ESPN2 will carry seven of the tournament games, including all four first-round games. ESPNU will air three and ESPN and ESPN3 will each have one game. The Championship Game will air Sunday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The entire tournament will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com and through smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. The on-site games from the Old Spice Classic will air on ESPN3D.
Four of the eight teams in the tournament earned 2012 NCAA Championship berths.
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