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Drake To Play Cal On ESPN2 In First Round Of Anaheim Classic Nov. 22

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Release: July 26, 2012
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ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Drake men's basketball program learned its first-round opponent for the 2012 Anaheim Classic today. The Bulldogs will face 2012 NCAA Tournament participant California in the opening round on Nov. 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The game will tip off at 11:30 p.m. ET and be televised on ESPN2.

Drake's complete 2012-13 schedule has yet to be announced, but the Anaheim Classic will give the Bulldogs the opportunity to compete against top programs from around the country in a field that also includes Drexel, Georgia Tech, Pacific, Rice, Saint Mary's and Xavier. The tournament continues Friday, Nov. 23 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 25.

ESPNU will carry six of the tournament games, while ESPN2 will air five, including the Championship Game on Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. ET. ESPN3 will have the one remaining game and the entire tournament will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com and through smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Tournament highlights:

  • ESPNU will air first-round action between Pacific vs. Xavier at 2 p.m. and Rice vs. Georgia Tech at 9 p.m.
  • ESPN2 will carry the additional first-round games featuring Drexel vs. Saint Mary's at 4:30 p.m. and Drake vs. Cal at 11:30 p.m.
  • Six of the eight teams advanced to 2012 postseason play, including Cal, Saint Mary's and Xavier in the NCAA Championship

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 hosting conference.

Travel packages are available for fans and include hotel accommodations at the team hotel, game tickets, exclusive welcome reception and much more. Visit AnthonyTravel.com/AnaheimClassic or call 888-632-6951 to make your reservation today! For more information on Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com.

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.

Anaheim Classic (Schedule subject to change)

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, Nov 22

2 p.m.

Pacific vs. Xavier

ESPNU

 

4:30 p.m.

Drexel vs. Saint Mary's

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Rice vs. Georgia Tech

ESPNU

 

11:30 p.m.

Drake vs. Cal

ESPN2

Fri, Nov 23

3:30 p.m.

Semifinal #1

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Consolation #1

ESPNU

 

9:30 p.m.

Consolation #2

ESPNU

 

Midnight

Semifinal #2

ESPN2

Sun, Nov 25

1:30 p.m.

5th-place Game

ESPNU

 

4 p.m.

7th-place Game

ESPN3

 

6:30 p.m.

3rd-place Game

ESPNU

 

9 p.m.

Championship Game

ESPN2

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