Jul 16, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT
Northeastern will face Georgetown in the opening round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament. The Huskies and Hoyas will play at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Nov. 21, in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.
The meeting will be the second ever between NU and Georgetown. The Hoyas won the only prior meeting on Dec. 22, 1979, in Washington, D.C. The Huskies will face either Charlotte or Kansas State in the tournament’s second round on Friday, Nov. 22.
(Note that the first round match-up is a change to the original bracket released by the tournament committee.)
The Hoyas, entering their 10th season under Head Coach John Thompson III, posted a 25-7 record in 2012-13 to win a share of the Big East regular season title and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Thompson returns a backcourt of senior Markel Starks (12.8 points, 3.0 assists per game) and sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (8.9 points), along with senior forward Nate Lubick (7.1 points).
The elite field in San Juan includes Charlotte, Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Michigan, Northeastern, and VCU. The tournament will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. No games will be played on Saturday, Nov. 23. Previous winners of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off include Alabama, Minnesota, Villanova, Xavier, and Miami (Fla.).
All 12 games of the 2013 Tip-Off will be televised on the ESPN Networks (ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3).
Game tickets will be available for fans traveling to Puerto Rico on Thursday, Aug. 1, through Ticketpop at 787-294-0001 or by logging on to www.ticketpop.com. Travel packages and discounted hotel accommodations will be available through Anthony Travel, the official travel provider of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Visit www.anthonytravel.com/espn/puerto-rico-tipoff or call 888-632-6951 to make your reservation today.
Northeastern will be making its second appearance in Puerto Rico after winning two of three games at the 2002 San Juan Shootout. NU has claimed 10 in-season tournament titles, including the 2009 Cable Car Classic championship. Last season, the Huskies defeated UC Riverside and Belmont en route to the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.
As part of the tournament package, Northeastern also will face former CAA rival VCU in a non-bracketed game in Richmond on Friday, Nov. 29. The Huskies and Rams engaged in a number of memorable conference battles. NU is 6-8 all-time against VCU, but has won four of the last seven head-to-head meetings, including a 91-80 decision on Feb. 2, 2011 at Matthews Arena. The 91 points were the most scored on the Rams by any team during their Final Four campaign.
Coming off a 20-win season, a CAA regular-season championship, and an NIT appearance, Northeastern will look to maintain momentum under eighth-year head coach Bill Coen. Juniors Quincy Ford and Reggie Spencer finished last season with 12.2 and 9.8 points per contest, respectively, with each tacking on nearly six rebounds per game. Ford earned All-CAA honors. Fellow junior Demetrius Pollard developed into an important contributor, earning nearly 16 minutes of action per game while coming up with clutch performances against UNCW (17 points), Georgia State (15), and George Mason in the CAA tournament (13). Sophomore David Walker, who emerged as a starter early in the season, chipped in 6.2 points and 2.4 assists per game and added 42 steals during the season, to earn CAA All-Rookie honors.
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Schedule (all times Eastern)
Thursday, Nov. 21
Game No. 1 – Charlotte vs. Kansas State, 10:30 a.m., ESPNU
Game No. 2 – Northeastern vs. Georgetown, 12:30 p.m., ESPNU
Game No. 3 – Long Beach State vs. Michigan, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Game No. 4 – Florida State vs. VCU, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
Friday, Nov. 22
Game No. 5 – Game 1 and 2 losers, 12 p.m., ESPNU or ESPN3
Game No. 6 – Game 1 and 2 winners, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU
Game No. 7 – Game 3 and 4 winners, 5 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU
Game No. 8 – Game 3 and 4 losers, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
Sunday, Nov. 24
Game No. 9 – Game 5 and 8 losers, 11:30 a.m., ESPN3
Game No. 10 – Game 5 and 8 winners, 2 p.m., ESPNU
Game No. 11 – Game 6 and 7 losers, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game No. 12 – Game 6 and 7 winners, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2 – Championship
Tipoff times and ESPN networks are subject to change
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