Men's Basketball To Face Baylor in the Opening Round of the Old Spice Classic

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Aug. 4, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL -

The University of Alabama men’s basketball team will open play at the 2009 Old Spice Classic against Baylor on November 26 at 5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN Regional Television announced today. The eight-team tournament takes place over Thanksgiving weekend, November 26, 27 and 29 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.

Alabama’s first opponent in will be a challenge as Baylor is coming off an appearance in the NIT Championship game and consecutive 20-win seasons. Meanwhile the Crimson Tide, under the first-year UA head coach Anthony Grant, return four starters from the 2008-09 squad.

All 12 games of the Old Spice Classic will be televised by the ESPN family of networks with the Crimson Tide’s opening game airing live on ESPN2. Alabama’s second game at the Old Spice Classic will be against either Florida State or Iona.

The other side of the Classic bracket features Creighton, Michigan, Marquette and Xavier. Six of the eight teams in the field reached the postseason last year, including four in the NCAA Tournament. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout the tournament will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Complete matchups are listed below.

The Old Spice Classic began play in 2006 with Arkansas (2006), North Carolina State (2007) and Gonzaga (2008) winning the previous tournaments.

Complete Old Spice Classic Schedule

Date

Time (CT)

Game

Network

Thurs., Nov. 26

11 a.m.

Creighton vs. Michigan

ESPN2

1 p.m.

Marquette vs. Xavier

ESPN2

5:30 p.m.

Alabama vs. Baylor

ESPN2

8 p.m.

Florida State vs. Iona

ESPNU

Fri., Nov. 27

11 a.m.

Game #5

ESPN

1:30 p.m.

Game #6

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Game #7

ESPN2

6:30 p.m.

Game #8

ESPNU

Sun., Nov. 29

9 a.m.

Game #9 (7th/8th Place)

ESPNU

11 a.m.

Game #10 (4th/6th Place)

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Game #11 (3rd/5th Place)

ESPNU

6:30 p.m.

Game #12 (Champion/2nd Place)

ESPN2