The Puerto Rico Tip-Off – to be held Thursday, Nov. 17, Friday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 20 – will move its site for the 2016 event to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. Previously held at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the tournament has been moved due to concerns over the Zika virus.
Now branded the Tire Pros Invitational, the tournament’s field will remain as originally announced with Arizona State, Clemson, Davidson, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma, Tulane and Xavier.
“We enjoy the beauty and accommodations that are afforded in Puerto Rico and wanted to make every effort in playing the event in San Juan, but the concern for student-athlete and spectator welfare became the primary driver in the decision,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president, ESPN Events. “We intend to return to Puerto Rico in the future.”
The bracket consists of 12 games over three days with each team competing in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition. The previously announced times and networks of each game will remain the same.
Past winners include Miami (2015 & 2007), West Virginia (2014), Charlotte (2013), Oklahoma State (2012), Alabama (2011), Minnesota (2010), Villanova (2009) and Xavier (2007).
The Tire Pros Invitational is one of two premier men’s college basketball tournaments that will be hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this season, as the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational takes place over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-27. This year’s field features Gonzaga, Iowa State and Miami, Seton Hall, Florida, Indiana State, Quinnipiac and Stanford.
The Tire Pros Invitational and AdvoCare Invitational are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
Previously announce schedule
|Thu, Nov 17||11 a.m.||Clemson vs. Davidson||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||Xavier vs. Missouri||ESPNU|
|4:30 p.m.||Northern Iowa vs. Arizona State||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Tulane vs. Oklahoma||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Fri, Nov 18||11:30 a.m.||Consolation #1||ESPNU|
|1:30 p.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPNU|
|Sun, Nov 20||Noon||7th Place Game||ESPN3|
|2:30 p.m.||5th Place Game||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||3rd Place Game||ESPNU|
|7:30 p.m.||Championship Game||ESPN2|
|Sat, Nov 26||Noon||Northern Iowa at Xavier^||Locally televised|
^ – Non-bracketed game