DES MOINES, Iowa--The Drake Bulldogs will take part in the sixth annual Anaheim Classic basketball tournament, Nov. 22-25, 2012, at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center.
Joining Drake in the tournament field will be 2012 NCAA Tournament participants California, St. Mary's and Xavier, as well as Drexel (NIT), Rice (CIT), Georgia Tech and Pacific.
"We look forward to the opportunity to compete in this prestigious tournament against the high-level opponents represented," said Drake head coach Mark Phelps. "The teams we will face will prepare us well for the rigors of the Missouri Valley Conference season, and give us a good early-season barometer of where we stand."
The Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 season in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at Rice. First-round pairings for the 2012 Anaheim Classic will be released in July. The event will begin on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, and continue on Nov. 23 before taking Nov. 24 off and concluding on Nov. 25.
The 2012 Anaheim Classic will feature 12 games through three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in a championship game Sunday, Nov. 25. The Big West will again serve as the event's sponsoring conference.
The Anaheim Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
The inaugural event was played in 2007, with USC capturing the title. In year's following, Wake Forest (2008), West Virginia (2009), UNLV (2010) and Saint Louis (2011) were all tournament winners.
Last year Drake took part in the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, in which Drexel was also a participant, though the Bulldogs and Dragons did not play.
Fans can purchase official hotel accommodations and game tickets by going online or by calling 888-632-6951. Additional information can be found on the Anaheim Classic website. For more information on Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com.
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