Field is Set for Old Spice Classic

Wildcats to meet UCF on Thanksgiving on ESPN2

June 4, 2007

CELEBRATION, Fla. - ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today the schedule of matchups for the 2007 Old Spice Classic, to be held on Thanksgiving weekend at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.

Villanova meets UCF at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving night on ESPN2. It will then play the following day against either George Mason or Kansas State.

The event will include 12 games in three days, and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU. This year, sponsors include Old Spice, ESPNU and Disney's Wide World of Sports, with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) serving as the event's sponsoring conference.

The 2007 Old Spice Classic field includes eight teams: the University of Central Florida, George Mason, Kansas State, N.C. State, Penn State, Rider, South Carolina and Villanova. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format.

In the first round of action, beginning Thursday, Nov. 22, Penn State will take on South Carolina; Rider will face North Carolina State; Central Florida will meet Villanova; and Kansas State and George Mason will square off. All games on the first day of action will be televised on ESPN2.

"We feel that these exciting matchups will add to a first-class experience for college basketball fans attending the event and the many viewers watching on the ESPN networks," said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Regional Television.

The two teams that remain undefeated throughout the tournament will face off in a championship match at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 25, on ESPN2. Complete matchups are listed below.

The inaugural Old Spice Classic was played in 2006 with Arkansas defeating West Virginia in the championship game at Disney's Milk House. Marist placed third in the event.

Additional information can be found on the Old Spice Classic Web site at, For more information on Disney's Wide World of Sports, visit


Dante Cunningham and Villanova face UCF on Nov. 22