Nov. 10, 2010
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Washington State University men's basketball squad is one of seven teams confirmed for the 2011 tournament field for the 76 Classic, to be held over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24, 25 and 27, at the Anaheim Convention Center adjacent to Disneyland, ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT) announced Wednesday. The eighth team will be announced at a later date.
Joining Washington State in the fifth-annual early season multi-team 76 Classic are Boston College, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Saint Louis, Santa Clara and Villanova, currently ranked No. 6 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Three of the seven teams reached the 2010 postseason; New Mexico and Villanova earned berths into NCAA Championship, while Saint Louis reached the finals of the College Basketball Invitational.
"We are excited and honored to be a part of next year's 76 Classic," WSU Head Coach Ken Bone said. "This tournament gives our program the exposure we're looking for."
The 2011 76 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 game Sunday, Nov. 27.
The Big West Conference will again serve as the host conference for the 76 Classic at the 7,500-seat Anaheim Convention Center, which has been the home of the conference's postseason tournament for the past 10 years.
West Virginia won the 76 Classic last season, part of the Mountaineers' run to the NCAA Final Four. Wake Forest was crowned the 2008 champion of the 76 Classic. This season's field includes Cal State Northridge, DePaul, Murray State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tulsa, UNLV, and Virginia Tech.
The family-friendly tournament hosts the teams for three days of tournament play, practices, events and Disneyland park experiences. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the 76 Classic Web site at www.76classic.com.
The 76 Classic is owned and operated by ERT. This season the Cougars are participating in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, also owned and operated by ERT. The Diamond Head Classic takes place Dec. 22, 23 and 25, as WSU will face Mississippi State in the tournament opener Dec. 22 at noon PT.