Hurricanes await MSU in Puerto Rico

puerto rico tipoff logoThe schedule for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off is starting to shape up.

Mississippi State learned its opening round opponent on Thursday. The Bulldogs will square off against Miami in Game 3 on Nov. 19 then face either Utah or Texas Tech the following day.

MSU will also play a third game on Nov. 22.

This is a very strong tournament field that will later have teams in the NCAA Tournament,” said MSU coach Ben Howland. “I know our team will be excited to play and it’s the type of tournament that will certainly get us ready for the SEC.”

Tip-off times for the Bulldogs have not been set and all games from the event will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 or ESPNU.

Butler, Minnesota, Missouri State and Temple are also competing at the event.

Mississippi State is 2-2 against Miami with the Hurricanes winning 64-58 in Starkville during the 2007-08 season.

2015 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Bracket

Thursday, November 19
Game 1
– 10:30 p.m., Temple (26-11, NIT) vs. Minnesota (18-15), ESPNU
Game 2 – 12:30 p.m., Butler (23-11, NCAA) vs. Missouri State (11-20), ESPNU
Game 3 – TBD, Miami (25-13, NIT) vs. Mississippi State (13-19), Network TBD
Game 4 – TBD, Utah (26-9, NCAA) vs. Texas Tech (13-19), Network TBD

Friday, November 20
Game 5
– 9:30 a.m., Game 1 loser (Temple/Minnesota) vs. Game 2 loser (Butler/Missouri State), ESPNU
Game 6 – Noon, Game 1 winner (Temple/Minnesota) vs. Game 2 winner (Butler/Missouri State), ESPN2/ESPNU
Game 7 – 4 p.m., Game 3 loser (Miami/Mississippi State) vs. Game 4 loser (Utah/Texas Tech), ESPNU
Game 8 – 6 p.m., Game 4 winner (Miami/Mississippi State) vs. Game 4 winner (Utah/Texas Tech), ESPNU

Sunday, November 22
Game 9
– 11 a.m.,  Game 5 losers vs. Game 7 losers, ESPN3
Game 10 – 1:30 p.m., Game 5 winners vs. Game 7 winners, ESPNU
Game 11 – 3:30 p.m., Game 6 losers vs. Game 8 losers, ESPNU
Championship Game, Game 12 – 6:30 p.m., Game 6 winners vs. Game 8 winners, ESPN2

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