Robert Hubbs III
Nov. 29, 2013
The Tennessee basketball team is part of the eight-team field for the 2014 Old Spice Classic, which was announced Friday and also will feature Kansas and Michigan State, along with Georgia Tech, Marquette, Rider, Santa Clara and Xavier.
The ninth annual event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 27, 28 and 30, at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
The Volunteers are one of five programs making their second appearance at the Old Spice Classic, joining Marquette (2009); Michigan State (2008); Rider (2007) and Xavier (2009).
Tennessee was part of the field in 2008. The Vols defeated Siena in the opening round and then dispatched No. 21 Georgetown to earn a spot in the championship game. Tennessee fell just short of the tournament title, however, dropping an 83-74 contest to No. 9 Gonzaga.
The 2014 Old Spice Classic, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship clash Sunday, Nov. 30.
Previous Old Spice Classic champions are Gonzaga (2012, 2008), Dayton (2011), Notre Dame (2010), Florida State (2009), NC State (2007) and Arkansas (2006).
The Old Spice Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN.