ESPN Announces Matchups for Third Annual 76 Classic

Aug. 4, 2009

LOS ANGELES - ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today the schedule of matchups for the 2009 76 Classic, to be held Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26, 27 and 29, at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland. The third-year event will include 12 games in three days and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU.

The 76 Classic field includes eight teams: Butler, Clemson, Long Beach State, Minnesota, Portland, Texas A&M, UCLA and West Virginia. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format.

In the first round of action Thursday, Nov. 26, West Virginia opens the 76 Classic against Long Beach State at 11 a.m. PT on ESPNU. The other three games will all be televised live on ESPN2, with Texas A&M taking on Clemson at 1:30 p.m. PT, Minnesota facing Butler at 5:30 p.m. PT, and Portland squaring off against UCLA at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Seven of the eight teams reached the postseason in 2008-09, including six in the NCAA Tournament: UCLA and Texas A&M advanced to the second round, while Butler, Clemson, Minnesota and West Virginia were also in the field. No eight-team, regular-season tournament has ever had more than seven postseason teams from the previous year. The 2008 Old Spice Classic also had seven while the EA Sports Maui Invitational has had seven postseason teams five times, most recently in 2004.

The two teams that remain undefeated throughout the tournament will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Complete matchups are listed below.

The Big West Conference again will serve as the host for the 76 Classic at the 7,800-seat Anaheim Convention Center, which has served the conference for the past eight years as the site of its postseason tournament.

The inaugural 76 Classic (then called the Anaheim Classic) was played in 2007, with USC defeating Southern Illinois in the championship game. In 2008, Wake Forest captured the title by taking down Baylor in the championship game.

You can purchase tickets to the 2009 76 Classic, which are on sale today, by CLICKING HERE or by calling (310) UCLA-WIN. The package includes eight games and all three games involving UCLA for $60.00.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Tournament Schedule
(Home team listed second; Long Beach State will be home team in each of its games)

Thu., Nov. 26, 2009
11:00 a.m., West Virginia vs. Long Beach State (Game 1), ESPNU
1:30 p.m., Texas A&M vs. Clemson (Game 2), ESPN2
5:30 p.m., Minnesota vs. Butler (Game 3), ESPN2
7:30 p.m., UCLA vs. Portland (Game 4), ESPN2

Fri., Nov. 27, 2009
11:30 a.m., Game 5, ESPN
2:00 p.m., Game 6, ESPNU
6:30 p.m., Game 7, ESPNU
8:30 p.m., Game 8, ESPNU

Sun., Nov. 29, 2009
11:30 a.m., Game 9, ESPNU
2:00 p.m., Game 10, ESPN2
4:30 p.m., Game 11, ESPNU
7:00 p.m., Game 12, (Championship Game) ESPN2

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA