Puerto Rico Tip-Off Bracket Announced


By Tim Simmons for WVUsports.com
August 05, 2014 10:05 AM
Featuring the 2014 NCAA National Champions Connecticut, the bracket for the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off has been set for the eighth annual event to be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 20, 21 and 23 in San Juan. Additional schools competing in the early-season tournament are Boston College, College of Charleston, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
 
The three-day, 12-game bracketed event will be played a Coliseo Roberto Clemente for the second-straight season with ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 presenting the games from the Caribbean Island.  The final two Puerto Rico Tip-Off contests on November 23, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2.
 
In the opening Puerto Rico Tip-Off games on November 20, Texas A&M will play Dayton at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by College of Charleston challenging Connecticut at 12:30 p.m. - both games will air on ESPNU.  The evening session starts at 5 p.m. with New Mexico facing Boston College on ESPN2, followed by George Mason meeting West Virginia on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.
 
In addition to Connecticut (American Athletic), “Elite 8” participant Dayton (Atlantic 10) and Mountain West postseason champions New Mexico played in the 2014 NCAA Championship.  Other schools competing in the 2014 postseason were Texas A&M (Southeastern, CBI) and West Virginia (Big 12, NIT).  Boston College (Atlantic Coast), College of Charleston (Colonial) and George Mason (Atlantic 10) participated in their respective conference tournaments.
 
College of Charleston (2007), Dayton (2009), George Mason (2009) and West Virginia (2010) will be appearing in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off for the second-time. West Virginia advanced to the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game before losing 74-70 to Minnesota.
 
Charlotte captured the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off as the 49ers defeated Kansas State and Northeastern in the opening rounds before upsetting nationally-ranked Michigan 63-61 in the finals.  In addition to Minnesota, other winners of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off were Miami (Fla., 2007); Xavier (2008); Villanova (2009); Alabama (2011) and Oklahoma State (2012).
 
For more information, please visit http://www.puertoricotipoff.com/.
 
Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Schedule subject to change,) 
Date
Time (ET)
Game
Network
Thu, Nov 20
10:30 a.m.
Texas A&M vs. Dayton
ESPNU
 
12:30 p.m.
College of Charleston vs. Connecticut
ESPNU
 
5 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Boston College
ESPN2
 
7:30 p.m.
George Mason vs. West Virginia
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 21
Noon
Consolation #1
ESPNU or ESPN3
 
2:30 p.m.
Semifinal #1
ESPN2 or ESPNU
 
5 p.m.
Semifinal #2
ESPN2 or  ESPNU
 
7 p.m.
Consolation #2
ESPN3
Sun, Nov 23
11:30 a.m.
7th-place Game
ESPN3
 
2 p.m.
5th-place Game
ESPNU
 
4:30 p.m.
3rd-place Game
ESPN2
 
6:30 p.m.
Championship Game
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 29
TBD
Charleston at West Virginia^
TBD
^ - Non-bracketed game
 
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