Bracket Announced For 2014 Orlando Classic
Spartans play in Orlando over Thanksgiving weekend.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The bracket for the 2014 Orlando Classic - to be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 27, 28 & 30 at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Fla. - has been set. Michigan State will open against Rider on Thanksgiving night at 6:30 (ESPN2). The winner of that game will face the Marquette-Georgia Tech winner in the semifinals on Nov. 28. The other half of the bracket includes Santa Clara, Tennessee, Kansas and Rhode Island.
The multi-day, destination event will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Eight of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPNU will carry three games and one will be exclusive to ESPN3.
The Spartans will host Santa Clara on the Monday prior to the Orlando Classic (Nov. 24). The non-bracketed game is part of the event. Time and television for this game will be announced at a later date.
The Orlando Classic will feature three teams that earned berths in the 2014 NCAA Championship: Michigan State lost to eventual NCAA champion Connecticut in the Elite Eight; Tennessee advanced to the Sweet 16 and Kansas played in the third round.
Orlando Classic (Schedule subject to change)
Mon, Nov 24
Santa Clara at Michigan State^
Rider at Kansas^
Thu, Nov 27
Noon - Santa Clara vs. Tennessee - ESPN2
2 p.m. - Kansas vs. Rhode Island - ESPN2
6:30 p.m. - Michigan State vs. Rider - ESPN2
8:30 p.m. - Marquette vs. Georgia Tech - ESPN2
Fri, Nov 28
Noon or 2:30 p.m. - Consolation #1 - ESPN or ESPNU
Noon or 2:30 p.m. - Semifinal #1 - ESPN or ESPNU
6:30 p.m. - Consolation #2 - ESPNU
9 p.m. - Semifinal #2 - ESPN2
Sun, Nov 30
10:30 a.m. - 7th-place Game - ESPN3
1 or 4 p.m. - 3rd-place Game - ESPN or ESPN2
6:30 p.m. - 5th-place Game - ESPNU
1 or 4 p.m. - Championship Game - ESPN or ESPN2
^ - Non-bracketed game