Rebels To Play In ESPN's 2009 O?Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off

OXFORD, Miss. ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced Friday that Ole Miss is among the schools that will make up the complete field for the 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off, to be held Nov. 19-22 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, located in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.

 

The field for the third annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off will also include Boston University, Dayton, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas State and 2009 NCAA Final Four participant Villanova. Eight different conferences are represented among the eight schools.

 

“The Puerto Rico Tip-Off continues to develop into a premier basketball tournament, as this year’s field represents outstanding conferences from around the country,” said Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ESPN Regional Television. “We’re looking forward to this event, in its third year, showcasing such quality competition and a memorable experience for the fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff on and off the court in the great destination of San Juan.”

 

Led by coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss will be making its second trip to Puerto Rico in the last three seasons. The Rebels won the San Juan Shootout championship when they defeated No. 15 Clemson in that tourney’s title game in December 2007.

 

The 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off will feature 12 games in three days, Nov. 19-22. 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 match Sunday, Nov. 22. All games will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks, and the complete schedule will be announced later this summer.

 

In November 2008, Xavier defeated Memphis, 63-58, in the championship game. Both teams were eventually ranked in the top 10 in the polls later in the season. Miami (Fla.) won the inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2007.

 

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.PuertoRicoTipoff.com.


 

 

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