ESPN Announces Coverage for Puerto Rico Tip-Off

dave@friarblog —  July 26th, 2012 12:57 PM —  Comments
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So who’s going to Puerto Rico? Ohhhh Ohhhhh!! If you can’t make the trip for the tournament that takes place from November 15-18th, you’re in luck (assuming you have ESPNU).

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Bracket Announced for 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off

A minimum of six games will air on ESPNU, two on ESPN2, including the Championship Game on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN3 will have the three remaining games and the entire tournament will be available through WatchESPN

The first round games have times and channels, with the Friars facing off against Massachusetts on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30PM on ESPNU. If they can pull off a win, they would face the winner of NC State and Penn State at 5PM on ESPN2 or ESPNU at 5PM the next day.

Here is what Andy Katz says about the Friars in his notes on the tournament:

Bracket reveal: Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Matchup I can’t wait to see: As odd as this sounds, a UMass-Providence matchup in Puerto Rico is tantalizing. If Williams and Council were to guard each other it could be the toughest test either will face during the season. PC is still holding out hope that Ricky Ledo is eligible, too. The Minutemen have a strong producer inside in Terrell Vinson. I can’t see Providence advancing past NC State. UMass would give the Pack a better game but the Minutemen will be pushed in this opener and may have a difficult time getting out of the first round.

Katz also lists Vincent Council as one of the key players to watch

Vincent Council, Providence: Council’s numbers have continued to rise during his three seasons. He finds scoring rather easy. The departure of Gerard Colemanand the unknown status of Ricky Ledo and the injury to Kris Dunn means even more pressure will be on Council to shine early and often next season.

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