Is it me or the fans in college basketball are ready for the season to kick off? Wait, wait, wait. … Please be patient and wait until late October and early November. Once Midnight Madness arrives, then the fans can finally say that the season has officially started.
Will y’all be watching the Old Spice Classic in November? Uh y’all better.
The University of Memphis basketball team will be spending Thanksgiving Day playing basketball. Coach Josh Pastner will be facing an familiar face. The Tigers will be taking on the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) member Siena in their 2013 Old Spice Classic bracket-play opener.
On Tuesday, the bracket for the Old Spice Classic was released by ESPN. The Memphis and Siena game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 on Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. The site for the tournament will be at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, FL.
“Siena is coached by one of my dear friends, Jimmy Patsos, who did such a great job at Loyola-Maryland,” said Pastner on Tuesday.
In Siena’s first year under Patsos, they finished with an 8-24 record. The Tigers defeated Patsos’ former school, Loyola (Md.), by the final score of 78-64 at the FedEx Forum last December.
LSU will play Saint Joseph’s in the other game on Memphis’ side of the bracket at 7:30 p.m. On the opposite side of the bracket, Purdue will face off against Oklahoma State at 11:00 a.m. and Butler will face Washington State at 1:00 p.m.
“I think that the whole field is good,” said Pastner.
The semifinals of the tournament will be scheduled for Nov. 29. All teams remaining will have Saturday off and games will resume on Sunday, Dec. 1. Championship game will be at 6:30 p.m. the same day.
Memphis will get a taste of Oklahoma State when both teams face off on Nov. 19 in Stillwater, Okla. After these two teams meet, they could possibly meet up again in the Old Spice Classic. Tip-off for this game is still in the talks. Memphis will officially open up their season on Nov. 14 against Austin Peay at the FedEx Forum.
Memphis and Oklahoma State are considered the heavily favorites to win in this eight-team bracket. ESPN.com writers Andy Katz, Jason King, Myron Medcalf, and Dana O’Neil all picked Oklahoma State over Memphis in the championship game. Jeff Goodman, on the other hand, has the Tigers beating Purdue in the championship game.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.